American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 18th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (5-7) at LA Angels of Anaheim (4-7), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.72)
LA Angels - Ervin Santana (0-2, 7.71)
(Sports Network) - Bartolo Colon takes aim at his third win of the young
season this evening when the Oakland Athletics continue a four-game set with
the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.
Colon was terrific on Friday in Seattle, as he scattered three hits over seven
scoreless innings to run his record to 2-1, while lowering his earned run
average to 3.72.
All three of his outings this season have come against the Mariners.
"When you're facing a team three times in a row, it's tough," A's pitching
coach Curt Young told the team's website. "I don't care what kind of stuff you
have. Bartolo, after the first time through, you saw a definite mix of some
changeups and breaking balls. It was effective for him."
The 38-year-old righty, who won a Cy Young Award while pitching for the Angels
in 2005, has faced his former team 18 times and is 8-5 with a 3.69 ERA.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, will counter with righty Ervin Santana, who has been
awful in the early going. After allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings of his
season debut, Santana was roughed up by the New York Yankees on Friday to the
tune of five runs and six hits in five innings, dropping him to 0-2 on the
year to go along with a 7.71 ERA.
"I just have to go out and have better location with my pitches," Santana
said. "I need to have my fastball hitting the corners. That's the key."
Santana could get himself righted tonight, as he is 13-3 lifetime versus the
A's with a 2.00 ERA in 23 games, 21 of which have been starts.
Oakland evened this series at a game apiece on Tuesday, as Yoenis Cespedes'
two-run single capped a four-run eighth inning to propel the A's to a 5-3 win.
Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick added an RBI each in the eighth for Oakland, which
snapped a three-game slide.
Brian Fuentes (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning of relief to earn the win, while
Tyson Ross scattered seven hits and two runs over a six-inning start for the
Grant Balfour worked around a Vernon Wells home run in the ninth inning to
record his third save of the year.
Kevin Jepsen (0-1) allowed all four runs in the eighth inning to suffer the
loss. Dan Haren got the start for the Angels, who lost for the fifth time in
seven games, and gave up one run on five hits through 6 2/3 innings.
"I felt good, minus the home run," said Haren. "I was in command the whole
The A's won 11 of their 19 matchups with the Angels last season. However, the
Angels are 12-6 in the last 18 meetings at Angel Stadium against the A's.
04/18 10:46:14 ET