Los Angeles Angels Begin Series in Chicago’s South Side

By Jose Serrano

Jun 25, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garretdt Richards (43) in the first inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels followed their most productive home stand of the year by letting two get away in Kansas City.

Los Angeles nearly erased a six-run deficit Friday night in scoring four in the top the seventh. Royals relievers ensure the rally would end there, striking out 7-of-10 batters faced without allowing a hit.

After a rain delayed contest ended in with an Angels victory Saturday night, a ninth-inning miscue Sunday ensure Kansas City’s series win.

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Alex Gordon was hit by a Jason Grilli pitch in the top of the ninth. Salvador Perez followed with a grounder to Erick Aybar whose toss glanced off Howie Kendrick’s glove. Gordon advanced to third and scored the game-winner one play later.

The Halos hold Major League Baseball’s best home record but can’t find similar success on the road. They drop to 19-21 away from Angel Stadium and begin a three-game series in Chicago looking for their first road series win since May 14.

Pitching Matchup – Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76 ERA) vs. Hector Noesi (2-5, 4.18 ERA)

Garrett Richards continued his All-Star campaign with a 8-2 win over Minnesota last Wednesday; his fourth straight victory dating back to June 4. He surrendered two runs on four hits while walking a season-high five and gave up his first home runs since May 30.

The right-hander’s AL-best 1.05 ERA in June highlighted a 4-0 month in which he never allowed more than two runs in an outing. Richards’ started the month by shutting out Houston through eight innings before being pulled with a high pitch count.

Hector Noesi makes his 12th start of the season for Chicago after brief stops in Seattle and Texas. A reliever with the AL West ball clubs, Noesi’s transition well into a starter has been a rollercoaster of a ride.

Noesi followed every June start of two runs or less with four-run performances. He followed a four-run, seven-inning performance in Minnesota on June 20 with a solid seven in Baltimore, yielding two runs without walking a batter.

The 27-year-old holds a 7.65 career ERA in six appearances against the Halos, including two starts as a Mariner.

Walk offs:

  1. Richards’ June ERA was the lowest in a month by an Angels starter since Jered Weaver’s 0.99 mark in March and April 2011.
  2. Grant Green is the only Angels to have homered off Noesi.
  3. The Angels are 8-7 at U.S. Cellular field since 2010.

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