Game No. 22: Los Angeles Angels (10-11) vs. New York Yankees (13-9)

By Jose Serrano

Aug 15, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (33) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees and Angels would rather forget last Wednesday ever happened. Hours after Michael Pineda was ejected for smearing pine tar alongside his neck in Boston, Ernesto Frieri blew a three-run ninth inning lead to the Washington Nationals. New York quickly put Pineda’s 10-game suspension behind, defeating the Red Sox last night. Meanwhile, the Angels dwelled on an incapable bullpen that cost Jered Weaver yet another win.

The last leg of a nine-game road trip begins in the Bronx tonight. With a sweep the Angels place over the .500 mark for the first time since Opening Day 2013.

Pitching MatchupC.J. Wilson (2-2, 4.21 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 4.07 ERA)

Coming off his shortest outing of the season- a five inning, three-run outing versus Detroit last Saturday-C.J. Wilson find himself in a favorable environment. The left-hander has a sub 2.50 ERA in 49 2/3 innings at both new and old Yankee Stadium. One he’d rather not remember is his 2010 ALCS game 5 loss when he yielded five earned runs and four walks in five inning of work.

Like Wilson, Hiroki Kuroda has considerable success with his opponent Friday night. He’s 3-2 with a 2.16 ERA in six starts against the Halos, which includes times spent with the Dodgers. More impressive are his last four outings, winning 3-of-4 without allowing a run in each victory. Kuroda is coming off his shortest outing thus far, lasting 5 2/3 innings in a Yankees loss at Tampa Bay.

Walk offs:

  1. Frieri is 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in ten appearances this year.
  2. The Angels are 15-18 against New York since losing the 2009 ALCS.
  3. Mike Trout is hitting .383 in 15 games against the Yankees.

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