Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 17th
(All times eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (32-33) at LA Angels of Anaheim (35-31), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Ian Kennedy (5-6, 4.32)
LA Angels - Garrett Richards (1-0, 1.38)
(Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy tries to find his way back into the win column
this afternoon when the Arizona Diamondbacks wrap up a three-game interleague
set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.
Kennedy had his two-start winning streak stopped his last time out in Texas,
as the Rangers reached him for six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, dropping
him to 5-6 on the season to go along with a 4.32 ERA.
Kennedy has faced the Angels twice (1 start) and is 0-1 against them, allowing
five runs in just three innings.
Los Angeles will counter with righty Garrett Richards, who will be making his
third start in place of the injured Jered Weaver. Richards did not get a
decision on Monday against the Dodgers, as he surrendered two runs (1 earned)
and five hits with five walks in five frames. He had given up just a run in
seven innings to beat Seattle in his first start.
Richards, who is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA, has never faced the Diamondbacks.
The Angels can only hope Richards gives them the same type of effort that
Ervin Santana did on Saturday in their 2-0 win.
Santana (4-7) was perfect through six innings and got the first two outs of
the seventh before Justin Upton punched a single up the middle to break up the
bid. It was the only hit he would give up in his first shutout of the season.
"My last bullpen session was good and I brought it to the game," said Santana.
"I made adjustments in my fastball command. When I passed six innings, you
think about it a little bit. The pitch Upton hit was a fastball down and away,
he hit a good pitch."
Mark Trumbo's two-run home run in the first inning accounted for all the
offense in the game while Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 with a run scored for the
Angels, who have won six of their last eight.
Joe Saunders (4-5) pitched well but suffered the loss as he gave up two runs
on eight hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts over six innings for
the Diamondbacks, who have dropped three of five.
"Joe pitched great and he battled his butt off," said Arizona manager Kirk
Gibson. "He just made one mistake and gave us a chance to win. When Ervin
settled in, he made all this pitches. Give him credit, he threw a great game."
The Angels swept Arizona the last time these teams met back in 2009, but this
is the Diamondbacks' first trip to Angel Stadium since 2001.
06/17 10:34:09 ET