American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, April 19th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (6-7) at LA Angels of Anaheim (4-8), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Tommy Milone (1-1, 2.57)
LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (2-0, 1.38)
(Sports Network) - C.J. Wilson goes after his third win in as many starts this
evening when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wrap up a four-game set with
the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium.
Wilson, who agreed to a five-year, $77.5 million deal with the Angels this
past winter, has been brilliant in his first two starts, winning both, while
pitching to a 1.38 earned run average. The left-hander kept the Yankees at bay
on Saturday, as he held them to a run and six hits in six innings to get the
"I got some groundouts and some jam shots, kept the ball in the infield and we
scored enough runs to win today," Wilson said. "It was great."
Wilson has faced the A's 37 times, but just five of those outings have been
starts. For his career he is 5-5 against them with a 3.73 ERA.
Oakland, meanwhile, will rely on lefty Tommy Milone, who is 1-1 through two
starts with a 2.57 ERA. After a brilliant debut that saw him toss eight
scoreless innings, Milone was banged around in a 4-0 loss to Seattle on
Saturday, as he was touched for four runs and four hits in six innings.
"It's always a little harder when you're not scoring runs, because you're
trying to keep the team in the ballgame and you feel like you can't give up
any runs," said Milone, who's never faced the Angels. "But it happens. And as
pitcher, you want to throw up zeroes -- and I didn't do that today."
Anaheim's early season struggles continued on Wednesday, as Bartolo Colon
tossed eight scoreless innings and Oakland downed the Angels, 6-0.
Colon (3-1), who threw 38 consecutive strikes at one point in the game,
allowed four hits and did not walk a batter while striking out five.
"I had no idea about how many strikes I threw in a row. They told me later,"
said Colon. "I was happy with the way I pitched tonight. I have to continue to
Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run home run while Jonny Gomes added a solo shot
and two RBI for the Athletics, who earned their second straight win on the
heels of a three-game losing streak.
Ervin Santana (0-3) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks to suffer
the loss as the Angels fell to 4-8 on the season.
"This is a team with talented guys. We have to grind it out," Angels manager
Mike Scioscia said about his team's slow start.
The A's won 11 of their 19 matchups with the Angels last season. However, the
Angels are 12-7 in the last 19 meetings at Angel Stadium against the A's.
04/19 10:54:07 ET