2016 Game #9 – Angels @ A’s – 12:35pm PT

4-13-16

Los Angeles Angels (4-4, 2nd AL West) @ Oakland Athletics (4-5, 3rd AL West)

Oakland Coliseum – Oakland, CA

Finally saw at least half an inning of an A's baseball game. All the baseball parks in California: Check.

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 66F, Wind W 15mph

Pitching Matchup

Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 18.00 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on September 1, 2015 (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on September 1, 2015 (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

To say Shoemaker struggled in his 2016 debut Friday may be something of an understatement. In that game Shoemaker allowed the first five batters to reach base and only ended up retiring 9 of the 19 batters he faced. In the end he was charged with 6 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks over just 3 innings and took the loss in a game the Angels lost to Texas 7-3. Shoemaker will look to right the ship today in Oakland, as with Tyler Skaggs getting close to returning from Tommy John surgery, Shoemaker’s place in the Angel rotation may be in peril.

~VS~

Eric Surkamp (0-0, 4.15 ERA)

Eric Surkamp delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 8, 2016 (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

Eric Surkamp delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 8, 2016 (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

Surkamp made his season & Oakland debut on Friday in his first appearance in a big league game since July 6, 2015 with the Dodgers, and his first big league start since July 23, 2013 with the Giants. Surkamp has been up & down from the minors over much of the last 5 seasons as he’s struggled mightily at the big league level. His start Friday was solid if not stellar however, as he held Seattle to 2 runs on 4 hits over 4 1/3 innings in a game Oakland went on to win 3-2.

Game Notes

  • Both teams will be off on Thursday, with the Angels traveling to Minnesota for a three-game series at Target Field and the A’s staying at home to host the defending-champion Royals starting Friday.
  • C.J. Cron sat on Tuesday, getting a breather after starting the season 2-for-26, but is expected back in the lineup on Wednesday. Cron has reverse splits, with a career .675 OPS against lefties and a .741 OPS against righties.
  • Pitcher Ryan Madson, who was with the Angels in 2013 but was never able to appear in a game, has not allowed a run in each of his first four games (four innings) and has a 16-game, 15-inning regular-season scoreless streak dating back to last year.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .313
  2. LF-Craig Gentry – .250
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .185
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .167
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .077
  6. RF-Kole Calhoun – .346
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .241
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .176
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .150

Oakland

  1. CF-Billy Burns – .333
  2. LF-Coco Crisp – .250
  3. RF-Josh Reddick – .276
  4. C-Stephen Vogt – .240
  5. 3B-Danny Valencia – .276
  6. 2B-Chris Coghlan – .174
  7. DH-Billy Butler – .200
  8. 1B-Yonder Alonso – .115
  9. SS-Marcus Semien – .259

Other AL West Matchups

  • Texas @ Seattle – 12:40pm PT
  • Kansas City @ Houston – 5:10pm PT

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