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Tuesday, June 19th
(All times Eastern)
San Francisco Giants (38-30) at LA Angels of Anaheim (36-32), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Barry Zito (5-4, 3.61)
LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (7-4, 2.30)
(Sports Network) - While Barry Zito's control has escaped him over his last
two starts, C.J. Wilson has battled no such issues in his most recent month of
The two hurlers go head-to-head this evening when the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim and San Francisco Giants continue a three-game series.
Wilson looks to extend his recent hot streak in his first ever meeting with
the Giants. The Angels left-hander has posted a 0.77 earned run average over
his past five outings and hasn't given up more than one earned run in six
straight starts. He has won his past three decisions to boost his season
record to 7-4 in 14 starts with a 2.30 ERA.
Wilson beat the Rockies on June 8 with eight innings of one-run ball that
featured nine strikeouts, then made his second straight road start on
Wednesday at the Dodgers. The 31-year-old did not factor into a 2-1 win
despite giving up a run on four hits and five walks over seven frames of work.
Zito, meanwhile, had won four of five starts prior to consecutive losses that
have seen him allow nine runs, 14 hits and four homers over 11 innings. He
paid the price for his inability to find the plate in a 6-3 loss to Houston on
The 34-year-old southpaw fell apart in the third frame, issuing three straight
walks before serving up a grand slam. He was charged with five runs on five
hits and three walks in five frames of work, also yielding a solo homer while
falling to 5-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 13 starts this season.
Zito, a former Cy Young Winner with Oakland, has faced the Angels 29 times in
his career but not since 2009. He is 12-10 against his former division rivals
with a 3.82 ERA.
The Giants drew first blood in this series with last night's 5-3 win,
overcoming a shaky outing from Matt Cain in his first start since throwing a
perfect game. The righty labored through a season-low five innings, allowing
three runs on six hits and a season-high four walks. Still, Cain won his
eighth straight outing.
"I was a little energized from the last game. It was a relief to get back on
the mound and get that one out of the way," Cain said. "My goal is to stay in
the game long enough to give our team a chance to win."
He entered the night retiring his last 32 batters, but that streak was halted
in the home first as Mike Trout stroked a leadoff single to left. Albert
Pujols then put an end to Cain's 20-inning stretch without allowing an earned
run later in the frame as he lifted a sacrifice fly to right.
The Giants, who had lost three of four, did give their starter plenty of
support as Melky Cabrera had three hits to lift his season average to .364,
while Brandon Crawford and Ryan Theriot had a pair of RBI each. Brandon Belt
added two hits and is hitting .455 over a career-best seven-game hitting
streak with three homers.
The win also pulled San Francisco to within 4 1/2 games of the idle Los
Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West.
The Angels attempted to battle Cain with concerned feelings after learning
that starter Jerome Williams had to be taken to the hospital for precautionary
measures during the contest due to shortness of breath. Williams allowed four
runs on seven hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings.
"Jerome felt fine on the bench during the game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia
said. "When he came out of the game he was dizzy, so we took him to the
hospital. He'll stay overnight and have some tests done."
"It was tough to hear," teammate Torii Hunter said. "We didn't know what was
going on. We knew he passed out in the locker room. All you can do is just say
a little prayer at that point, and hopefully he's doing OK."
Mark Trumbo cracked his 16th homer of the season while Erick Aybar was the
only Angel to record two hits in only his club's third loss in 10 games. The
setback did drop the Angels five games behind the Rangers for the top spot in
the AL West.
The Angels swept a three-game series at San Francisco in the most recent
meeting in 2009 and are hosting the Giants for the first time since 2000.
06/19 11:04:27 ET