Angels Look To Avenge Friday Night’s Loss In Oakland

By Benjamin Ahn

Apr 25, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher (left) talks with starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (33) and catcher Hank Conger (16) during the sixth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After showing glimpses of a comeback last night against the A’s at the top of the 9th inning (scoring a run and loading up the bases with two outs), a pinch hitting Chris Iannetta’s strikeout ended the game in a disappointing 5-3 defeat.

Jason Grilli looked lackluster, surrendering two earned runs and giving the A’s the lead in the sixth. He picked up the loss, which cuts the Angels’ division lead to just a single game.

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    A’s closer Sean Doolittle threw 26 pitches in his two-thirds of an inning last night, the most he’s thrown in a single inning or less all season. In all likelihood, we will not see him in tonight’s game, which should be a moot point if the Angels don’t put themselves in a position to face a closer.

    Pitching MatchupC.J. Wilson (10-8, 4.59 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (13-8, 2.58 ERA)

    Wilson has struggled throughout the season, and since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 2, he is currently 2-2 with a 6.16 ERA.

    In his last outing against the Boston Red Sox, he threw 115 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, with five strikeouts and five walks. That said, he did only surrender one earned run, something he hadn’t done since his June 19th game against the Cleveland Indians.

    A’s are 9-11 after sending the Red Sox Yoenis Cespedes in the trade that brought back Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. Before their victory last night, A’s were tied for the third worst record in the AL since the trade deadline.

    Lester is certainly fulfilling his end of the bargain, however. He has a 3-1 record in his four games as an Athletic, with a 2.93 ERA. His sole loss came in his last game against the Atlanta Braves where he allowed four runs (3 earned), including home runs to Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.

    Walk offs:

    1. Wilson has not faced the A’s this year.
    2. Mike Trout has a .221 BA and .295 OBP in August.
    3. Lester has a 4.44 ERA against the Angels.

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