Garrett Richards Seeks First-Ever Win Over Baltimore
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The opportunity was there for Erick Aybar. Albert Pujols reached on a 12th-innings single and Josh Hamilton’s double sent Pujols to third, setting the stage for the All-Star shortstop.
Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Angels, Aybar-who went 0-for-6 last night- shot a momentum killing liner to first base. Moments later, Baltimore’s Manny Machado launched Cory Rasmus’ curveball over the left field wall for his first-ever walk-off home run.
The Orioles’ 7-6 win was their third in four meetings over the Angels this season, each coming by two runs or less. The American League East division leaders win their seventh straight extra-inning affair while the Angels fall 2 ½ games behind Oakland.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards hasn’t been kind to the Angels over the last few years where they have a 6-9 record since 2010. Last week, O’s pitching held the Angels to 2.3 runs per game and nearly swept a three-game series before the Halos scraped together a 3-2 victory.
Call to the Pen
Garrett Richards takes the mound tonight hoping to garner momentum for the Angels, who next head to Tampa Bay.
Pitching Matchup – Garrett Richards (11-3, 2.62 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (4-3, 3.67 ERA)
Richards is looking for his first win since July 11. They young right-hander hasn’t pitched badly, yielding five runs over 14 innings for a 3.21 ERA; he’s just faced former Cy Young winners Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer.
Despite his 0-1 mark and 9.00 ERA, Richards has only surrendered one run through 3 1/3 innings at Oriole Park. A solid outing averts the Angels’ fourth-straight series loss to Baltimore.
His only Angel Stadium appearance against the birds came in 2012, lasting just 4 1/3 innings while allowing seven runs.
Kevin Gausman’s first-ever start against the Angels comes days after limiting Seattle to one run. He induced a season-high 10 ground balls and shut out the Mariners through the first six innings. It was the third time this month Gausman’s only given up one run.
The 23-year-old righty hasn’t fared well at home this year, compiling a 4.33 ERA in 27 innings. He’s given up about the same number of hits, but runs allowed are nearly doubled at Camden Yards (13 at home, seven on the road.)
- The Angels haven’t won a series in Baltimore since sweeping a two-game set in June 2012.
- Mike Trout is 5-for-30 with one home run and two RBIs since July 21, dropping his batting average to .302.
- Ryan Flaherty is 3-for-4 with a home run against Richards.
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