Posted May 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Minnesota_twins_vs_9a4c
A lack of timely hitting hurt the Los Angeles Angels during the first stop on their road trip. They've also had trouble coming through in the clutch in recent games against the Oakland Athletics. Albert Pujols, though, has been successful in this season's series and he'll try to help the potentially short-handed Angels avoid their longest losing streak in nearly a month in Monday night's series opener. Los Angeles (18-24) opened its 10-game trip with a 7-2 win over San Diego on Friday but went 1 for 21 with runners in scoring position in back-to-back defeats. The Angels were 1 for 14 in Sunday's 3-2, 13-inning loss and tied a season high by leaving 12 runners on base. "The frustration of not playing to your potential, it's tough," manager Mike Scioscia said. Los Angeles has batted .231 with runners in scoring position while going 2-4 this season against the A's (21-21) and was 4 for 27 (.148) during a four-game losing streak in that series that ended May 15. Pujols, though, has been at his best when facing Oakland as he's hit .440 with four doubles over those matchups. The first baseman, batting .211 in his first season with the Angels, has hit better than .286 against only one other opponent, going 3 for 10 in three games against Kansas City. Pujols hit a pair of doubles in three at-bats in his most recent matchup with Monday's scheduled starter for Oakland, Tommy Milone (5-3, 4.09 ERA), but the left-hander earned the win in a 4-2 victory April 19. Milone gave up two runs and seven hits over five innings in that game but allowed four runs and a career-high nine hits over seven frames of a 4-1 loss in Texas on Wednesday. He's 2-2 with a 6.46 ERA over his last four starts after going 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his first four for the A's, who avoided a sweep in San Francisco with a 6-2 win Sunday. Milone is hoping a return home, where he's 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA this season, will help produce a better result. "Having a bigger park like (O.com Coliseum), it's a lot easier to throw to contact," he told the team's website. "That's my game plan when I'm there." Milone will also face a team that's expected to send two players, Vernon Wells (right thumb) and Ryan Langerhans (right shoulder), to the disabled list. Torii Hunter also remains on the restricted list as he continues to help his 17-year-old son, who is facing a sexual assault charge in Texas. Jerome Williams (4-1, 3.86) will try to help his short-handed team avoid its first three-game losing streak since a season-worst five-game skid April 22-27 by earning a career high-tying fifth straight win. The right-hander, though, hasn't been at his sharpest lately as he's given up 10 or more hits in each of his last two outings. He avoided the loss May 11 in Texas despite allowing six runs and 11 hits over 6 2-3 innings. The Chicago White Sox got 10 hits off him over eight innings Wednesday but he only allowed two runners to score in a 7-2 victory. Williams is 3-1 with a 3.30 ERA in five career starts against Oakland and gave up one run over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-2 win Sept. 24. He last won five straight decisions from June 21-July 12, 2003, while with San Francisco and beat the A's twice during that run.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Halo Headlines: Wells and Langerhans appear headed for DL, Pujols could get starts at 3B, Hunter could return by the end of the week

The May 21st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

Scioscia mixing late-inning bullpen duties

Angels manager Mike Scioscia has popped the "closer bubble" again. Scioscia uses that phrase to refer to a reliever whose job it is to pitch in the ninth inning, and only the ninth inning -- the final link in the bullpen chain to close out games. He moved RHP Jordan Walden out of that role early this season as Walden struggled to find consistency (particularly with his...

Wells out 8-10 weeks

Angels outfielder Vernon Wells tweeted the bad news himself: He's going to need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Wells was injured in the second inning Sunday in San Diego when he stole second base after drawing a leadoff walk against the Padres. He played left field for a half inning but then left the game. Manager Mike Scioscia said after the game, a...

Vernon Wells to have thumb surgery, out 8-10 weeks

Another day, another setback in the Los Angeles Angels' maddening start. Vernon Wells was diagnosed Monday with a torn ligament in his right thumb that will require surgery, sidelining the high-priced outfielder for at least eight to 10 weeks. ''Any time you lose a guy that you're counting on who has maybe shown some signs of getting back to his game, it's unfortunate...

Angels lose Wells at worse possible time

OAKLAND, Calif. In baseball, nothing ever stays the same. It's a game constantly in motion, always changing, always unpredictable. Six weeks ago, on opening night, the Angels' starting outfield was Vernon Wells in left, Peter Bourjos in center and Torii Hunter in right. Monday night, as they began a three-game series against the Oakland A's, their outfield was Mike...

Angels still struggle with injuries, scoring runs

SAN DIEGO At the end of a very bizarre, very long, very emotionally deflating day, the Angels were left with two important issues that now define their season. First, they are clearly an offensively challenged team that continually fails to produce with runners in scoring position. Second, injuries are beginning to take a toll. That's a bad combination for a team that has...

Game Recap 5/19/2012 -- Yawn?!?! -- Angels 2 Padres 3

Sometimes baseball can be boring. This doesn't happen very often, but once in a blue moon a game comes along with very little interest to it. Such is the case with last night's Angel's loss. Sure, there was quality pitching and a couple of nice plays defensively, but other than that I can't say the game yieldeed anything of merit. It was just one of those things...

Former Padre Frieri now starring in Halos 'pen

SAN DIEGO Who knows what emotions washed over Ernesto Frieri as he walked from the bullpen to the pitcher's mound Friday night at Petco Park? This used to be his home, the place where he spent parts of the past four seasons working as a relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres. But when he entered the game in the ninth inning, he was an employee of the Angels. And in a way...

Vernon Wells Needs Surgery

Headed to the surgeon Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder, Vernon Wells, will need surgery on his right thumb. Wells tweeted the news himself. He will have surgery Tuesday to repair a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. According to Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com, Wells will likely be out eight to ten weeks. Wells is currently hitting .244 with six home runs in 38 games. He is the Angels’...

AL West Quarter Report Card

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Hitters: D+. This is a subject area that the Angels were expected to ace, but instead they are bringing up the rear in the class with the second-fewest runs scored in the American League and have been shutout a league-leading eight times. The epic struggles of Albert Pujols are well documented, but several other Halos are having horrible seasons...

Vernon Wells has torn thumb ligament, out 8-10 weeks

Much-maligned Angels outfielder Vernon Wells tweeted out tonight that he has a torn ligament in his thumb. LA Times beat writer Mike DiGiovanna then tweeted that he expected Wells to be out at least eight to ten weeks with the injury. Wells injured the thumb on a stolen base attempt in the second inning of Sunday's game against the Padres. Angels fans (including our own Scotty...

Athletics 2, Angels 1

Tommy Milone scattered five hits over seven innings and Kila Ka'aihue drove in the go-ahead run, leading the pesky Oakland Athletics past the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Monday night. Milone (6-3) struck out three, walked one and never allowed the anemic Angels offense to get going. The lefty's only blemish was an RBI double by Mike Trout in the fifth that landed between two...

Baseball’s Two Biggest Surprises

Every team in Major League Baseball has now played over 40 games. That’s more than a quarter of the season, which means we can no longer say Albert Pujols is having a slow start or the Orioles are just getting lucky. Let’s take a look at the two most surprising team performances so far, one bad, one good. Along the way, we’ll have a little fun at the expense of ESPN’s absolutely expert...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.