Game 117: Indians-Angels …
With each loss, the pressure, the questions, the tension continues to mount these days. The Angels have dropped three of their last four games against the Mariners and Indians, two teams they needed to fatten up against while the first-place Rangers play the Tigers and Yankees. The division is now eight games away and, many say, lost. The Wild Card is only 2 1/2 out, but nothing about the way the Angels have played these days would give you any indication that they’re a team that’s ready to go on another season-saving run.
Sometimes, though, those runs can come out of nowhere. The Angels just hope it happens soon.
“There are some games in some stretches where you don’t think you’re ever going to win another game the rest of the season,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “There are some stretches where you don’t think you’re ever going to lose again. I wholeheartedly believe … that this team is going to turn it around and reach our goal.”
Pitching: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (9-11, 5.25 ERA)
Pitching: RH Zack Greinke (0-1, 5.68 ERA)
- Pitching coach Mike Butcher was handed a one-game suspension for “aggressively” arguing balls and strikes, MLB announced in a release Tuesday. Butcher will serve the suspension during tonight’s game. Scioscia believes it’s an automatic suspension any time a coach — not a manager — comes out to the field to argue balls and strikes.
- Scott Downs (left shoulder) threw a bullpen and sim game today. He’ll do it again on Thursday. Scioscia said it “can be” his final step.
- Jordan Walden (neck, right biceps) pitched a 1-2-3 inning for Triple-A Salt Lake last night, during his second appearance. He’ll pitch again in a couple of days, and Scioscia doesn’t think he needs to go back-to-back before being activated.
- As part of Anniversary Week, former closer Troy Percival will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Garrett Anderson will go tomorrow.