American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 1st
(All times eastern)
Texas Rangers (31-20) at LA Angels of Anaheim (26-26), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Colby Lewis (4-3, 3.58)
LA Angels - Jerome Williams (5-2, 3.81)
(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers took a pounding in the last two games of
their six-game homestand, allowing a combined 31 runs, and hope a change of
scenery will get the club back on track.
The American League West-leading Rangers kick off a 10-game road trip tonight
with the first of three straight games against the division-rival LA Angels of
Anaheim. The Rangers had won their first four games on their homestand until
dropping a 10-3 decision to Seattle on Tuesday, followed by a tremendously
lopsided 21-8 setback in Wednesday's series finale.
Rangers starter Derek Holland lasted only 1 2/3 innings and was rocked for
eight runs and eight hits, including two home runs. Yoshinori Tateyama did no
better in relief and was reached for eight runs -- six earned -- in just two-
thirds of an inning.
"They hit every single pitch we threw no matter where it was, what it was they
were hitting it, so you just have to tip your hat to them," Holland said.
"You're going to have days, I mean everybody is going to have them, and, yeah,
the hardest part is probably forgetting things, but if you can forget things
you'll be a better person."
Mike Napoli drove in two runs, while Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton, Michael
Young and Ian Kinsler recorded two hits, an RBI and run scored each for the
Rangers. Alberto Gonzalez ended with three hits and three runs scored. The 21
runs tied for the second most given up by the Rangers in club history. They
allowed 23 runs to Oakland on Sept. 30, 2000.
Texas recorded a 17-6 mark in April and went a bit soft in May, going 14-14.
It will hand the ball to Colby Lewis in Friday's series opener in Anaheim and
he is 4-3 with a 3.58 earned run average in 10 starts this season. He is 1-0
in his previous two starts since a personal three-game slide and did not
record a decision in Saturday's 807 win over Toronto, as he gave up four runs
and 10 hits in a season-low 5 1/3 innings.
Lewis, who is 2-2 in five road assignments this season, will face the Angels
for the 14th time in his career. The right-hander owns a 4-3 mark to go along
with a 4.48 ERA in the first 13 games (11 starts) in this series.
Meanwhile, the Angels had their eight-game winning streak come to an end with
Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees in the finale of a three-game
series from Angel Stadium and will try to bounce back tonight.
The Angels are 2-1 so far on a nine-game homestand and were done in by Nick
Swisher's sacrifice fly that scored Raul Ibanez for the go-ahead run in the
top of the sixth inning. Hisanori Takahashi was tagged with the loss and
starter Ervin Santana escaped with a no-decision despite surrendering five
runs and six hits (2 homers) in five innings.
Mark Trumbo homered in a career-high fourth straight game and finished with
three RBI in a losing cause. Trumbo finished with three hits and three RBI,
and had homered in three consecutive games last season from July 8-11.
"My ultimate goal is to hit the ball hard and help the team win," Trumbo said.
Mike Trout drove in two runs and Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 in defeat. Trout
entered the contest batting .327 and has hits in 20 of 27 games. The Halos are
5 1/2 games behind the Rangers for the AL West lead and will also host Seattle
on their current residency. They are 11-5 in the past 16 games.
Jerome Williams gets the call for the Angels and he is 5-2 with a 3.81 earned
run average in nine games (eight starts) this season. He has tossed three
quality starts in a row and has won five of his past six decisions, including
a 5-3 win at Seattle on Saturday. Williams allowed three runs in six innings
that day with five strikeouts and two walks.
The big right-hander will make his first career start against the Rangers and
faced them in relief in a 10-3 loss in Arlington on May 11. He pitched 6 2/3
innings and yielded a season-high six runs and 11 hits. In four relief
appearances against Texas, Williams has no record and a 12.19 ERA over 10 1/3
innings pitched. On a brighter note, he is 7-0 with a 1.74 ERA in seven starts
at Angel Stadium, including a 4-0 mark this season.
Anaheim lost two of three meetings with Texas from May 11-13 and six of the
past seven matchups between the teams. The Rangers have won three straight and
six of seven trips to the Big A.
06/01 11:00:09 ET