Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 14th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (20-18) at Philadelphia Phillies (17-20), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Garrett Richards (3-0, 2.80)
Philadelphia - A.J. Burnett (2-2, 2.90)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett Richards will try to remain unbeaten on the
season Wednesday afternoon when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wrap a quick
two-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Richards is 3-0 with a 2.80 earned run average this year, but has just one win
over his last five starts. That victory came on May 3 versus Texas as he
allowed three runs over six innings.
The right-hander was last in action in Toronto on Friday and did not factor
into his club's 4-3 win despite yielding two runs on five hits and two walks
over seven frames. He also struck out six and sits 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five
road assignments on the season.
Richards, 25, has never before faced the Phillies, who will counter with a
veteran in A.J. Burnett who is hoping to bounce back from a rough outing.
Burnett had allowed five runs over his previous five starts before getting hit
hard in Toronto on Thursday. The 37-year-old righty yielded seven runs -- six
earned -- over six innings, and three of the nine hits he allowed were homers.
Burnett fell to 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA on the year following the loss and will
make his ninth career start against the Angels, who he is 2-2 against lifetime
to go along with a 4.75 ERA.
The Angels picked up a 4-3 win in last night's opener in a contest that marked
a homecoming for Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout.
Trout, who grew up in nearby Millville, New Jersey, received a standing
ovation from the Citizens Bank Park crowd in his first at-bat and finished 1-
for-5 as he returned to the area for the first time as a big leaguer.
"It means a lot to me the way they cheered for me. That was pretty cool,"
Luis Jimenez had a two-run double during a four-run sixth inning for the
Angels, who have won four of their last five games overall. Matt Shoemaker
picked up the victory in the start, allowing two runs over five innings.
Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee kept the Angels off the board for the first
five innings before two Cody Asche errors at third base contributed to Lee
allowing four unearned runs in the sixth.
"All I control are the pitches that I make," said Lee. "When you don't play
complete baseball it's hard to win at this level. When the pitcher's not
throwing strikes, your team's not swinging the bat or you're not playing solid
defense -- it's hard to win if any of those are missing. We just gotta do a
better job at playing well-rounded baseball."
Asche added another error in the seventh frame to become the first Phillies
third baseman to record three errors in a single game since David Bell on May
That led to the Phillies losing for the sixth time in eight games.
The Angels and Phillies have not met since Los Angeles swept a three-game set
in Philadelphia in 2008. The Angels have won six in a row in the series.
05/14 10:31:23 ET