Published May 03, 2016
(SportsNetwork.com) - The hottest team in the American League shoots for a sixth straight win on Sunday afternoon as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finish up a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
The Angels, who will remain on the road for seven games against Toronto and Boston beginning on Monday, have won eight of their last 10 outings overall, including a 6-1 final on Saturday.
Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker evened his record at 3-3 as he allowed just a single run on three hits and fanned seven over seven innings of action.
"For the most part, Shoe pitched with his back against the wall the whole game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That was definitely the most consistent we've seen Matty."
Offensively the Angels, who are now a season-best two games over .500, got a lift from Mike Trout as he notched his 10th home run, one of his three hits in the meeting. David Freese added a solo home run of his own as he and Chris Iannetta both delivered two hits in the victory as well.
Baltimore, which is last in the AL East yet only five games out of first in the standings, managed to come up with a total of three hits, one of those being the third home run of the campaign for Steve Pearce. The infielder also had a single, while Jimmy Paredes accounted for the other hit in the contest for the hosts.
Ubaldo Jimenez made the start for the O's and was charged with his third defeat as he gave up two runs on seven hits, striking out six over seven innings.
Coming off a masterful effort last weekend when he held Houston to just a single hit over 6 2/3 innings, Garrett Richards prepares to take the ball for the Angels on yet another Sunday. Richards, who is 2-1 in day games this season, struck out a season-best 10 versus the Astros, but also walked four batters.
The right-hander, who attended Oklahoma, will be making his seventh appearance all-time versus Baltimore, with a 0-2 record and a lefty 7.31 ERA to show for his previous efforts.
Meanwhile, the O's plan on sending Mike Wright to the mound, having just been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. While down in the minors the right-hander, who will be making his major league debut, produced an ERA of 2.64 as he logged almost one strikeout per inning -- 30 in 30 2/3.
Wright is stepping in for Chris Tillman who had his next start pushed back a few days due to stiffness in his lower back.
While Baltimore hurlers are in the bottom half of the league in terms of team ERA (4.19), the Angels have claimed the top spot in that department with a 3.37 mark with opponents hitting only .227 against them.