American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 22nd
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (18-25) at Oakland Athletics (22-21), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (4-4, 3.35)
Oakland - Graham Godfrey (0-3, 5.06)
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hope that C.J. Wilson can
find his control tonight as they continue a three-game series against an
Oakland Athletics club looking to win three in a row.
Wilson has lost each of his past two decisions and lasted only 3 2/3 innings
against the White Sox in a 6-1 defeat. Wilson was charged with four runs --
one earned -- on four hits and a career-high six walks.
The 31-year-old southpaw fell to 4-4 with a 3.35 earned run average in nine
starts this season.
"We'll turn the page on this one," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "C.J.
had trouble putting pitches in the zone. He started to feel a little under the
weather as the game went on."
Wilson lost to the Athletics back on April 19, charged with four runs -- three
earned -- on two hits and three walks while fanning eight over six innings. He
went 2-2 in six starts against them last year with a 2.65 ERA while with
Oakland starter Graham Godfrey is expected to get a shot at redemption as well
as his first victory of the season this evening.
Godfrey hasn't pitched in the majors since April 20, when he allowed four runs
on three hits and five walks in five frames of a loss to the Indians. He fell
to 0-3 in three starts this year with a 5.06 ERA.
"I just couldn't locate when I needed to," said Godfrey. "When you give them
that many opportunities they are going to figure out a way to get some runs
The right-hander didn't get another opportunity in the rotation, optioned to
Triple-A the following day. He's hit his stride since, going 3-0 with a 1.21
ERA while striking out 22 to only five walks in 29 2/3 innings.
Godfrey, 27, will face the Angels for the first time as he takes the spot of
Brandon McCarthy, who was placed on the disabled list this past Sunday with a
right shoulder injury. Godfrey is 1-5 with a 4.39 ERA in eight career major
league appearances, all but one of those starts, and hasn't won since June 17
of last year versus the Giants.
Oakland won its second game in a row on Monday with a 2-1 win over Los
Angeles. Tommy Milone hurled seven innings of one-run ball, scattering five
hits to lower his home ERA to an impressive 0.60. Kila Ka'aihue had an RBI
single and Seth Smith scored the other run on a double-play groundout by Kurt
Suzuki for the A's.
"It's easy when our pitching staff keeps us in the game like that, especially
when we have a bullpen like we do. When we get ahead we feel real confident
and when we're tied we still feel like we have a really good chance," Ka'aihue
Mike Trout drove in the only run of the game with an RBI double for the
Angels, losers in three straight games. Jerome Williams allowed two runs on
five hits and five walks over 6 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.
"Even though his ball-strike ratio wasn't good, he was pitching into the
seventh inning just giving up two runs. He definitely gave us a chance to
win," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about Williams.
While the A's got Coco Crisp back onto the roster prior to Monday's game -- he
had been out since May 4 with an inner ear infection -- the Angels learned
they had lost outfielder Vernon Wells due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament
in his right thumb that will require surgery.
Wells isn't expected to resume baseball activities for 8-to-10 weeks and both
he and Ryan Langerhans (shoulder) were placed on the disabled list. Los
Angeles is also without Torii Hunter due to personal reasons, so it recalled
outfielder Kole Calhoun from the minors for depth.
The A's have won five of seven so far over the Angels this season, making them
16-8 over the past 24 in this series. That includes a victory in seven of 10
at home over the Angels.
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