Scioscia’s Office: Red Sox @ Angels – 7/18/15 6:05pm Pacific

Red Sox at Angels

Boston Red Sox (42-48, 5th AL East) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (49-40, 1st AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Thunderstorms, 82F, Wind NW 5mph, 59% Chance of Rain Pitching Matchup:

Rick Porcello (5-9, 5.90 ERA)

Rick Porcello delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 20, 2015 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 20, 2015 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Porcello REALLY struggled through the month of June going 0-4 with a 5.87 ERA in 5 starts during the month. Those struggles escalated into his first start of July when on July 1 Porcello lasted only 2 innings giving up 7 runs on 7 hits up in Toronto. He was however able to turn things around on his last start on July 8 when he held Miami to 2 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings in a game the Red Sox won 6-3 at Fenway. Thanks to the All-Star break, Porcello will be pitching for the first time in 10 days this evening.

~VS~

Garrett Richards (9-6, 3.53 ERA)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on June 1, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on June 1, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Much like Porcello, Richards hasn’t pitched in 9 days thanks to the All-Star break. His last start was July 9 up in Seattle and was a somewhat rocky start after a string of 5 very solid starts from June 11 to July 3. Over those 5 starts he went 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA. On July 9 however, Richards gave up 4 runs on 12 hits over just 5 1/3 innings to take the loss in a game the Angels lost 7-2.

Game Notes:

  • Porcello is 4-5 with a 7.07 ERA in 12 starts vs. the Angels. He went 4 1/3 innings against the Halos on May 22, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits for the loss.
  • Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has a career-high 11-game hitting streak. It’s the longest active hitting streak in the Majors.
  • Richards beat the Red Sox on May 22 in Boston, allowing 5 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings.

Starting Lineups:

Boston:

  1. CF-Mookie Betts – .274
  2. 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .302
  3. SS-Xander Bogaerts – .306
  4. DH-David Ortiz – .235
  5. LF-Hanley Ramirez – .270
  6. 3B-Pablo Sandoval – .263
  7. RF-Alejandro De Aza – .323
  8. 1B-Brock Holt – .292
  9. C-Ryan Hanigan – .231

Angels:

  1. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .267
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .265
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .311
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .253
  5. SS-Erick Aybar – .284
  6. 3B-David Freese – .243
  7. DH-C.J. Cron – .264
  8. LF-Matt Joyce – .190
  9. C-Carlos Perez – .226

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