American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 11
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (39-26) at LA Angels of Anaheim (36-28), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Tommy Milone (3-3, 3.68)
LA Angels - Jered Weaver (7-4, 3.31)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim can't conclude their
series with the Oakland Athletics having overtaken the club for first place in
the division, but they can certainly give their rivals something to think
about going forward.
The Angels look to extend their longest winning streak of the season and
finish off a three-game sweep of the Athletics on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles has won five in a row and six of seven to pull within 2 1/2 games
of first-place Oakland heading into this series finale. The Angels came into
the set having lost five of six to the A's already this year, but can now
sweep the club for the first time since Sept. 3-5, 2012 in Oakland.
Collin Cowgill's two-out home run in the bottom of the 14th inning sent the
Angels to a walk-off 2-1 victory last night. He lined a 1-2 offering from Jeff
Francis over the wall in left for his first career game-ending homer.
Cowgill had three hits and Josh Hamilton added two hits and an RBI for the
"We were fortunate tonight," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We had
opportunities and we didn't get it done. We played a little sloppy in some
Jed Lowrie tied the game for Oakland with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning
and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes saved a run with an amazing throw from left
field in the bottom of the frame.
The Angels' Mike Trout doubled down the left field line with Howie Kendrick on
first and Cespedes bobbled the hop in the outfield. Kendrick raced around
third and attempted to score, but Cespedes gathered the ball in foul territory
and threw a looping strike to catcher Derek Norris, who applied the tag as
Kendrick slid home.
"You don't expect something like that," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "We know
(Cespedes) has a great throwing arm. There aren't too many guys in the game
that have that kind of arm strength."
Jered Weaver will take the mound for the Angels tonight looking to work past
some recent issues.
Weaver struggled in a loss to Oakland on June 1, giving up five earned runs
and 11 hits over six innings. The righty fell to 11-8 in this matchup with a
2.40 earned run average in 27 meetings.
Weaver then faced the Chicago White Sox on Friday and though he posted an 8-4
win, he did allowed five hits and four walks over six frames. He limited the
damage to just two runs, however, and helped himself by striking out nine.
"I was battling to make pitches when I needed to," said Weaver. "My curveball
was pretty sharp. It was a good pitch against that lineup. The story tonight
was our offense. It took the pressure off of me."
The 31-year-old has won three of four and six of his last eight decisions,
sitting 7-4 on the year with a 3.31 ERA.
Scheduled Oakland starter Tommy Milone has not lost since May 3, winning each
of his last three decisions over a six-start span. He has not allowed more
than three runs in any of those outings, but still posted his second straight
no-decision on Friday in Baltimore.
The left-hander gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings against the
Orioles, walking none but yielding a pair of homers in his club's 4-3 victory.
Milone improved to 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA on the season. The 27- year-old is 5-2
lifetime against the Angels in nine starts, including a pair of no-decisions
06/11 10:24:53 ET