Boston Red Sox (42-50, 5th AL East) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (51-40, 1st AL West)
Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Mostly Cloudy, 78F, Wind WSW 7mph, 15% Chance of Rain
Doubleheader – Game 2
Steven Wright (3-2, 4.15 ERA)
Wright hasn’t made a start for the Red Sox since June 4 and was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to make this start. Wright grew up about 45 minutes east of Angel Stadium in Moreno Valley, CA and will have several family & friends in attendance this evening. Wright’s best start of the season came on May 23 against the Angels. In that game he held the Angels to 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 1/3 innings to take the win in a game the Red Sox won 8-3. Wright’s last appearance in the big leagues was on June 20 when he came out of the bullpen in the 6th inning of a game the Red Sox lost 7-4 in Kansas City. Wright gave up a run on a hit in 2/3 of an inning.
Andrew Heaney (3-0, 1.32 ERA)
Heaney has been absolutely brilliant since being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on June 24. In his four big league starts this season he’s logged 4 quality starts, going at least 7 innings in 3 of those 4 starts and only giving up more than 1 earned run in one of those starts. Heaney will be making his first start since pitching the closeout game of the 1st half on Sunday July 12 where he shut out the Mariners on 5 hits over 7 innings in a game the Angels won 10-3.
- Monday will be the first doubleheader at Angel Stadium because of a rainout since Aug. 5, 1988, against the White Sox.
- Wright will have a personal cheering section during Game 2. He’ll have nearly 100 friends and family in attendance.
- “It’s going to be crazy,” Wright said of pitching so close to home. “There’s only a handful of us that have ever played professional baseball, let alone Major League baseball. So it’s definitely something I’ve been looking forward to.”
- CF-Mookie Betts – .271
- 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .298
- SS-Xander Bogaerts – .302
- DH-David Ortiz – .233
- LF-Hanley Ramirez – .268
- 3B-Pablo Sandoval – .267
- RF-Shane Victorino – .244
- 1B-Mike Napoli – .191
- C-Blake Swihart – .241