Garrett Richards lay motionless on Fenway Park’s infield grass as his teammates helplessly looked on. A left patellar injury forced him for the game and possible the remainder of the season.
The Angels could have easily given up. Instead, they socked Boston with five fifth-inning runs en route to an 8-3 victory.
The resilience this them has shown translates from the top of the batting order to a reinvigorated bullpen. Richards’ loss is a major blow to an already hobbled starting rotation, but if Wednesday night’s game is any indication the Angels can persevere.
A 10-game road trip reaches its midpoint as the Halos finish up their AL East schedule. They’ve taken four of six from the Red Sox this season and are one victory away from their first sweep at Fenway since 2012.
Matt Shoemaker just became the Angels’ No. 3 option. Not that he hasn’t earned it.
The right-hander is on a stellar run, winning four of his last five decisions while allowing no more than two runs in each. He became the team’s fourth double-digits winner last Saturday in tossing 5 2/3 innings of four-hit baseball against Texas. The Rangers’ only legitimate threat came in a two-run fourth inning.
Shoemaker has flown under the radar mainly because of the starting rotation’s notoriety. The Angels are 10-4 when he starts, and he’s struck out 93 batters over the last 96 innings while walking just 18.
This will be Shoemaker’s first appearance in Beantown. He previously pitched three scoreless innings and earned the victory in the Angels’ hard-fought 19-inning victory over the Red Sox Aug. 16.
If Rubby De La Rosa pitches anything like he did at Angel Stadium a week and a half ago, the Halos won’t get many scoring chances.
De La Rosa scattered five hits and struck out eight in Boston’s 3-1 win Aug. 10. It’s somewhat surprising, given that his ERA is one point higher on the road. The righty is coming off a six-run outing against Houston in which he didn’t make it past the fourth inning.
- Wade Le Blanc and Cam Bedrosian were recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake and Brennan Boesch was sent down hours after Richards’ injury.
- Mike Trout, Howie Kendrick, and Erick Aybar each have homers off De La Rosa.
- The Angels acquired infielder Gordon Beckham from the Chicago White Sox just before tonight’s game.
TV: 4:10 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West, NESN
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