Jul 23, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (36) looks for the call in the fifth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The midpoint of a nine-game home stand couldn’t have started any worse for the Los Angeles Angels.
They dropped two of three to AL East-leading Baltimore, losing each contest by a 4-2 score. Adam Jones hit a couple of two-run homers Monday night and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez shut the Angels out through eight innings Tuesday, both ending with Zach Britton saves.
Comeback victories are becoming the norm in Anaheim and last Wednesday’s contest was no different. The Halos scored two runs of reliever Brian Matusz in a 3-2 win and secured their 31st come-from-behind victory.
Erick Aybar doubled in the tying and Kole Calhoun drew a bases-loaded walk, setting the table for Huston Street’s first save as an Angel. The Angels complemented the win by taking three of four from the Detroit Tigers over the weekend.
Revenge will be on the Angels’ minds as they begin a three-game set at Oriole Park. They’re 6-6 over the last three years in Baltimore and carry a 25-22 road record this season.
Jered Weaver earned the Angels’ only win over Baltimore last week, outdueling Chris Tillman while avoiding the first home series sweep since opening week. The staff’s ace only allowed two runs through eight innings and didn’t walk a batter; the third time he’s done so in July.
Weaver has reeled off four wins in a row, dating back to June 26, yielding two home runs in the span. Both came in his victory over the White Sox earlier this month. He’s 7-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 11 career outings against the O’s.
His record at Camden Yards isn’t as desirable. Weaver is 2-2 with a 6.23 ERA in Baltimore, yielding a .310/.365/.494 slash line in his four career starts.
Despite a hard-luck, no-decision last Wednesday, Tillman still carries a 2-0 record and 1.74 ERA in three outings against the Angels. It’s been that kind of month for the Anaheim native who remains winless in July.
Tillman hasn’t allowed more than three runs since a June 5 start in Texas during which his earned run average has dropped by 1.28 points. Unfortunately for Tillman, the Orioles has lost his last three outings by three runs or less.
- No one on the Angels roster has a home run off Tillman.
- The Angels are the only major league team with a winning record when not hitting a home run (21-19).
- Mike Trout is 11-for-39 with three home runs and six RBIs at Oriole Park.
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