2016 Game 76: A’s at Angels

6-26-16

GAME INFORMATION

Oakland Athletics (32-42, 4th AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (31-44, 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 85F, Wind SW 7mph

 

Pitching Matchup

Sonny Gray (3-6, 5.20 ERA)

Sonny Gray delivers a pitch during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark on June 10, 2016 (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Sonny Gray delivers a pitch during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark on June 10, 2016 (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Gray’s numbers are certainly not what we’ve come to expect over the course of his young but brilliant career so far, but that’s because he’s been struggling with a strained trapezius muscle and even went on the DL for a time. The month of May was a real struggle for Gray as he went 0-3 with a 9.61 ERA over 4 starts during the month. Both he & manager Bob Melvin feel he’s throwing the ball much better now, and he showed that in his last outing against Milwaukee as he held the Brewers to 2 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings, but took a no-decision in a game the A’s won 5-3.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (4-4, 4.99 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium on June 15, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium on June 15, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Santiago has been been pitching better lately having posted quality starts in both of his last two outings after posting a 12.18 ERA over a 5-start stretch from May 20 to June 10. In his last outing Tuesday in Houston he pitched quite well, holding the Astros to just 1 run on 3 hits over 6 1/3 innings, but he took a no-decision as the Angels dropped the game 3-2.

Game Notes

  • Gray is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four career appearances at Angel Stadium.
  • Santiago is 3-3 with a 3.34 ERA lifetime against the A’s in 12 appearances (10 starts).
  • A’s third baseman Danny Valencia is 7-for-17 (.412) lifetime against Santiago with two doubles, two RBIs and two walks.

Starting Lineups

Oakland

  1. CF-Coco Crisp – .236
  2. SS-Marcus Semien – .245
  3. 3B-Danny Valencia – .333
  4. LF-Khris Davis – .247
  5. DH-Billy Butler – .248
  6. RF-Jake Smolinski – .296
  7. C-Josh Phegley – .273
  8. 1B-Yonder Alonso – .246
  9. 2B-Arismendy Alcantara – .250

Angels

  1. RF-Kole Calhoun – .292
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .308
  3. DH-Albert Pujols – .233
  4. 1B-C.J. Cron – .258
  5. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .277
  6. 3B-Jefry Marte – .265
  7. LF-Daniel Nava – .213
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .186
  9. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .223

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Minnesota: 23-51 (.311)
  2. Atlanta: 25-49 (.338) – 2 GA
  3. Cincinnati: 28-47 (.373) – 4.5 GA
  4. Angels: 31-44 (.413) – 7.5 GA
  5. Philadelphia: 32-44 (.421) – 8 GA

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