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Angels Welcome Red Sox Following Forgetful Freeway Series

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Two positives came out of the Angels’ demoralizing freeway series with their crosstown rival. Neither came on offense.

Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker were stellar, combining for two runs and 14 strikeouts in 15 innings, with the former earning his first career complete game shutout Monday. That would be the highlight of a four-game set that saw the Halos scrape together two runs over the last 24 innings.

Angels’ hitters Monday’s five-run total through the remainder of the series en route to their longest losing streak sing May 30-June 3. The Major League team ranked third in hits and fourth in batting average mustered two hits against Dodgers’ starter Hyun-Jin Ryu in a 7-0 shutout last night.

There’s solace in the fact that the AL East basement-dwelling Boston Red Sox are coming to town.

Since trade deadline departures of Jon Lester and John Lackey, the Red Sox have lost four of their six ballgames. They haven’t won a series since sweeping Kansas City after the All-Star break.

With Oakland feasting on the Minnesota Twins this weekend, the Angels’ three-game deficit could easily become six if they don’t pounce on Boston.

Pitching Matchup Jered Weaver (12-6, 3.59 ERA) vs. Allen Webster (1-1, 6.75 ERA)

It’s time for Jered Weaver to validate his status as an ace. He’s unbeaten in his last nine starts and has a chance to move into a tie for the AL lead in victories. More importantly, Weaver hasn’t surrendered a home run over his last 31 innings.

A two-run, six-inning outing in Tampa Bay last weekend was tainted by allowing four walks. It’s his second straight contest yielding as many walks and coincides with his career-high 2.8 walks per nine innings set. The velocity is down, opponent batting average is up, yet Weaver finds a way to win games.

The right-hander carries a career 4-5 record and 3.98 ERA into his 15th appearance against Boston, including the playoffs. He tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 win at Angel Stadium last season.

Allen Webster makes his first appearance against the Angels after yielding four runs and six walks over 2 2/3 innings to New York last Saturday. The July 26 call-up’s inconsistency has led to eight walks over the last 11 frames and higher than desired 2.00 WHIP.

Walk offs:

  1. Dustin Pedroia is 5-for-34 with eight strikeouts against Weaver.
  2. Mike Trout went 0-for-3 in celebrating his 23rd birthday last night.
  3. The teams split six games last season with the Angels winning two of three at home.

TV: 7:05 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West, NESN

Radio: KLAA 830, WEEI 93.7

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