C.J. Wilson continued to struggle on the mound on Saturday in Tampa Bay giving up six runs on six hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. Wilson now looks to put his struggles behind him as he faces off against the red-hot Hyun-jin Ryu.
In the second inning of last night’s game, Matt Kemp belted a solo home run, his 14th of the season and sixth of the past nine games. Mike Trout ended his 20-game hit streak in interleague play by going 0-for-4.
Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker allowed two runs and struck out five in his six innings.
Pitching Matchup- C.J. Wilson (8-7, .474 ERA) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 3.39 ERA)
Wilson has recently come of an ankle injury that had him out for three weeks. In his last five starts, the leftt-hander has allowed 25 earned runs in just 18 innngs.
“We need him,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We need him to figure it out. We need him to get back to making pitches and being effective.”
In his last start against the Dodgers, Wilson gave up six runs in 4.2 innings.
“It felt good to get back out there – it’s been a long time since I’ve been playing,” Wilson told MLB.com. “But it’s obviously frustrating to lose the game in the first two innings like that.”
Wilson has also holds a 10.38 ERA in his past three starts at home, where he has won six straight games.
Meanwhile, Ryu, has had a season to remember. He is 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA during his past four games, giving up two runs in seven innings in his previous start.
1. Mike Trout turns 23 years old today. He’s hit home runs in both birthdays he’s played in.
2. Trout is 4 for his last 30 at home with 11 strikeouts.
3. The Dodgers are 2-6 in the past eight games at Angel Stadium.
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