Orioles at Angels Preview
The Los Angeles Angels halted their four-game slide in the series opener and look to post another victory when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday for the middle contest of their three-game set. Los Angeles squandered a two-run lead in the top of the ninth inning of Tuesday’s opener before Justin Upton singled home the decisive run in the bottom of the frame for a 3-2 victory.
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The Angels have won just four of their last 13 games after sprinting out to a 13-3 start and have slipped to third place in the American League West. Albert Pujols was hitless in four at-bats on Tuesday, remaining four hits shy of 3,000 for his career, and is just 2-for-16 over his last four games. Baltimore had slugger Mark Trumbo (quadriceps) in the lineup for the first time this season, and he was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts. Orioles star Manny Machado recorded two hits for the fourth time in his last five games to raise his major league-leading average to .366, but his club has dropped seven of its last nine contests.
TV: 10:07 p.m. ET, MASN2 (Baltimore), FS West (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (1-3, 2.97 ERA) vs. Angels LH Andrew Heaney (0-1, 6.91)
Bundy was torched in a loss to Tampa Bay in his last turn as he allowed eight runs – seven earned – and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old had been superb over his first five outings, giving up just five earned runs during the stretch and yielding five hits or fewer on four occasions. Bundy is 1-0 with a 6.48 ERA in two career appearances (one start) against the Angels and has struggled with Mike Trout (3-for-4, homer).
Heaney allowed two runs – one earned – and five hits in five innings of a no-decision against the New York Yankees in his last turn. The 26-year-old struck out nine batters, the second-best total in his career, and has fanned 22 in just 14 1/3 frames this season. Heaney owns a 7.59 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore and has experienced issues with Machado (3-for-6, homer).
1. Orioles C Chance Sisco departed Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning after colliding with 3B Pedro Alvarez and receiving an elbow in the face as both players pursued a foul pop-up.
2. Los Angeles placed Kenyan Middleton (elbow) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled fellow RHP Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake.
3. In addition to activating Trumbo, Baltimore also placed INF Luis Sardinas (back) on the disabled list, optioned OF Joey Rickard to Norfolk and recalled INF Engelb Vielma from the Triple-A affiliate.