Why Ausmus went to his bullpen in the 8th

Rick Porcello struck out the side in his seventh and final inning Sunday afternoon, including Howie Kendrick swinging and missing at a changeup for his 99th pitch of the game. He had the bottom of the Angels batting order due up in the eighth, and he had retired eight of nine batters since his errant pickoff throw set off chaos that led to a run.

So why did Brad Ausmus turn to Joba Chamberlain for the eighth inning? It wasn’t about where Porcello was at, but where he — and correspondingly, the bullpen — would’ve been had the Angels started a rally.

“You send him back out and a couple runners get on, he’s at 110 pitches and now you have to bring in somebody in the middle of an inning with [runners at] first and third or first and second,” Ausmus said. “I’d much rather just start [Chamberlain] with a fresh inning, knowing that the chance of Ricky getting through it — the way he pitched, he could have — you just don’t want to take that risk. …

“He was fine in the seventh, but he gets into that no-mans land in terms of pitch count.”

This might seem like a little shift in thinking from Ausmus, who has tended to give his starters the benefit of the doubt but has in turn given his relievers the tight situations to inherit when things don’t work out. With Chamberlain, however, it’s pretty standard. Nine of his 10 outings in July have begun at the start of an inning, last Wednesday’s game at Arizona being the exception. He has entered with a runner on base just three times since May 7. By contrast, Al Alburquerque has entered with runners on base in his last five outings.

When there’s an eighth-inning lead to hold, Chamberlain usually gets the entire inning. There’s a reason for that.

“Joba’s been rock solid in the eighth inning,” Ausmus said.

While Porcello was rolling, meanwhile, there were minor signs of risk heading into the eighth. Left-handed hitting Efren Navarro was due to lead off the inning, with switch-hitting catcher Hank Conger up third. And before Porcello struck out the side, four of his previous five outs had come on fly balls or line drives, the one exception a strikeout of Albert Pujols.

Would those signs have led Ausmus to call it a day for his other starting pitchers? That might depend on the pitcher. He let Porcello go the distance in Texas last month despite an esclating pitch count, but he had a six-run lead to play with there. He let Porcello finish out a 3-0 shutout five days later, but his pitch count was so low there wasn’t much risk involved. As it is, though, Porcello hasn’t seen 100 pitches in an outing since the shutout in Texas, a streak of five consecutive starts.

“I felt good,” Porcello said Sunday, “but Brad wanted to take me out, so that’s understood.”

Ausmus on Cabrera: “Everything isn’t in sync”

In most seasons, a 3-4 West Coast trip is about average for the Tigers. As well as the Tigers have played on the road this year, it stands out.

When the Tigers score two runs over the final three games of the trip against an Angels rotation that didn’t include Jered Weaver for the series, it definitely stands out.

Miguel Cabrera drove in one of the two runs with an opposite-field homer that resembled his classic swing. It was part of 9-for-21 stretch over the first five games of the trip. He went 0-for-9 to end the series, including 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday — one of them on a 73 mph changeup from lefty Hector Santiago — to end the trip at 9-for-29 with two home runs, six RBIs and six strikeouts.

His average is back at .309, which is where it stood when the trip began. It’s more the look on the swings that is being scrutinized right now than the numbers.

“He’s scuffling a little bit right now,” manager Brad Ausmus said after Sunday’s 2-1 loss. “Hopefully DHing today, not standing out in the field helps and he gets his legs back with a day off tomorrow. I think he’s kind of been a little frustrated all year because of the post-surgery. Everything isn’t in sync for him. He’s having trouble syncing right now. I think the surgery probably is the root cause of it, maybe going all the way to the end of last year when he wasn’t swinging like he normally was to protect the injury.

“It can take time. I think it’s some of the side effects of all that.”

Cabrera isn’t getting into the surgery recovery, and hasn’t since his quotes from USA Today’s Jorge Ortiz at the All-Star festivities. His disagrees with the notion that he’s frustrated at the plate, and he understandably feels like the results are pretty good.

There are certainly additional reasons for the Tigers’ offensive funk the last few days, including the Martinezes cooling off. Still, the spotlight in this offense is on Cabrera, and largely has been since the comments over the break.

Is he hitting like normal? No.

Is he in a freefall? No.

He’s somewhere in between. And as the Tigers schedule gets busy (20 games in 20 days coming up, including a three-city road trip in early August), it’ll be up to Ausmus to decide whether to rest him a day or two over the course of the upcoming stretch.

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Angels

Alex Avila gets the day off with lefty Hector Santiago on the mound. Torii Hunter gets the day off with the day game after a night game. Rajai Davis gets the start in left, with J.D. Martinez shifting over to right.

The Angels load up on left-handed hitters for Rick Porcello. Surprisingly, the batter vs. pitcher numbers aren’t as hitter-friendly as you would expect given the Angels’ history off Porcello.

TIGERS (career numbers off Santiago)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-16, HR, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-8, double, 3 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B DH (1-for-7, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH 1B (2-for-11, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-1)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2, K)
  7. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-6, HR, 3 K’s)

P: Rick Porcello

ANGELS (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF
  2. Mike Trout, CF (4-for-12, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Albert Pujols, DH (4-for-10, 2 doubles)
  4. Josh Hamilton, LF (6-for-17, 2 HR, 3 walks, K)
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (4-for-21, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Howie Kendrick, 2B (7-for-25, 3 doubles, 8 K’s)
  7. Efren Navarro, 1B
  8. David Freese, 3B (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  9. Hank Conger, C (1-for-5)

P: Hector Santiago

Did Scioscia challenge too late? (updated)

Angels manager Mike Scioscia’s challenge of a pickoff play retired a lot more than Eugenio Suarez at first base. The reaction ended up retiring Tigers manager Brad Ausmus from Saturday’s game. It did not retire the debate over whether the challenge should’ve been allowed.

“It’s not a perfect thing,” crew chief Jim Joyce said postgame of the rules on challenge timeliness. “The whole idea is to get it right, and that play was such that I felt that play needed to be reviewed.”

While Scioscia won his argument that Albert Pujols tagged Suarez before his hand touched first base with one out in the third inning, quieting a Tigers rally, Ausmus lost his argument that Scioscia took too long to challenge the call.

Pickoff plays are reviewable, but like all plays, they must be reviewed before the start of the next play or pitch, according to MLB’s official rules. The argument involved whether pitcher Matt Shoemaker’s return to the pitcher constituted the start of the next play.

The rule says it did. In another part, though, it says the crew chief has the final word. Essentially, the argument between Ausmus and Joyce comes down to whether the crew chief thus has discretion to make the determination himself.

According to Section D, Rule 1 of the replay review regulations:

“The next “play” shall commence when the pitcher is on the rubber preparing to start his delivery and the batter has entered the batter’s box (unless the defensive team initiates an appeal play in which case any call made during the play prior to the appeal still may be subject to Replay Review).”

Ausmus was out of the dugout to make his case, presumably for that, as soon as Scioscia left his to talk with first-base umpire Jim Joyce. Once umpires agreed to review, Ausmus began to argue that they can’t.

“He said that he could review it if he wanted,” Ausmus said.

The rules do say that the crew chief (Joyce, in this case) has the final say on whether a challenge is timely, and that his decision on that is not reviewable.

“The Crew Chief shall have the final authority to determine whether a Manager’s Challenge is timely. The judgment of the Crew Chief regarding the timeliness of a Manager’s Challenge shall be final and binding on both Clubs, and shall not be reviewable by Replay Review or otherwise.”

That was the rule Joyce was apparently citing when explaining the situation after the game.

“I was watching the batters and the pitcher, and I understand what Brad was thinking,” Joyce said. “But to tell me I can’t do it is not what the rule is. So I just informed him that it’s at my discretion. It’s at the crew chief’s discretion. …

“I just knew it was really, really a close play. And if he’s going to come out and ask me to review it, I’m going to review it. The whole entire deal is to get it right. So I kept informing him that, at my discretion, that I can review it. I tried to impress that upon, and we got to where we were.”

Ausmus seemed to interpret that as Joyce deciding to initiate a review.

“The umpires have discretion to initiate a review on their own, but they clearly didn’t initiate the review,” Ausmus said. “Mike Scioscia coming out of the dugout initiated the review. The rule, it’s pretty black and white. If the guy’s in the box and the pitcher’s on the rubber, it’s no longer challengable.”

Asked whether it was a manager’s challenge or crew chief review, Ausmus said, “Good question.”

Joyce confirmed that it a manager’s challenge, though he cited his discretion to review it.

After a lengthy review, Joyce’s safe call was overturned, and Suarez was called out. Ausmus immediately ran out of the dugout with what looked like a copy of the rules in hand.

In so doing, of course, Ausmus was violating one of those same rules:

“Once Replay Review is initiated, no uniformed personnel from either Club shall be permitted to further argue the contested calls or the decision of the Replay Official. Onfield personnel who violate this provision shall be ejected.”

Ausmus wasn’t sure his argument should have fallen under that, either.

“I wasn’t technically arguing the challenge,” Ausmus said of his second ejection of the season. “I was arguing the fact that the rule says they couldn’t challenge in the first place. I was ejected immediately, although I don’t know that I should have been ejected immediately. If I was arguing the call, that’s a different story.

“But the rule’s clear. I’m not really sure how they could have looked at this a second time.”

Dirks could resume rehab assignment next week

Dave Dombrowski raised a little surprise Thursday when he mentioned Andy Dirks as a potential option for a left-handed bat.

“I think Andy Dirks is going to come back here,” Dombrowski said when downplaying the chance of a trade for a left-handed hitter. “He’s making progress again. I think he’s going to help us.”

That return might not be as far off as expected. Dirks has been making progress in workouts in Florida, Brad Ausmus said, and could resume his minor-league rehab assignment early next week.

“We’re hopeful if he feels good on Monday that we can maybe restart his assignment,” Ausmus said Saturday.

Dirks played in six games for Class A Lakeland earlier this month before being pulled off his rehab assignment July 16 with lower back soreness. If and when he resumes his assignment, those days don’t reset, so he’ll have about two weeks left out of the 20 days of rehab he gets before the Tigers have to make a roster decision on him.

If Dirks were to resume action around the middle of next week, he’d hit his maximum 20 days of rehab around mid-August. It’s worth noting that Dirks still has minor-league options remaining, and they could conceivably use one to send him to the minors until rosters expand Sept. 1.

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Angels

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Brad Ausmus sticks with last night’s lineup, this time against a right-hander in Michigan native and Eastern Michigan University product Matt Shoemaker. His splits — .297 average and .829 OPS against left-handed hitters, .252 and .727 against righties — are very similar to Friday night’s starter, lefty Tyler Skaggs.

The Angels called up J.B. Shuck from Triple-A to help fill in for Josh Hamilton while he’s dealing with the sore knee that forced him out of last night’s game, but Efren Navarro gets the start in left field. More of a surprise, Erick Aybar moves up to bat cleanup. Ageless ex-Tiger John McDonald, essentially traded for himself down the stretch in 2005, gets the start at third base for David Freese.

TIGERS (no career numbers off Shoemaker)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Torii Hunter, RF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Justin Verlander

ANGELS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF
  2. Mike Trout, CF (1-for-3, HR, walk)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (7-for-12, 2 doubles, HR, 6 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Erick Aybar, SS (9-for-27, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Howie Kendrick, 2B (5-for-21, 2 doubles, 6 K’s)
  6. Efren Navarro, LF
  7. C.J. Cron, DH
  8. Chris Iannetta, C (1-for-5, K)
  9. John McDonald, 3B (1-for-5, double, K)

P: Matt Shoemaker

Smyly’s outing by the numbers

Drew Smyly entered Friday allowing a .307 average and .895 OPS to right-handed hitters, compared with .155 and .430 in the same categories against left-handed batters.

Smyly’s strikeout-to-hit ratio against lefties until Friday night was 32-17, with just four walks. Against righties, it was 44-to-79, with 26 passes.

The Angels lineup he faced on Friday featured six right-handed batters, a switch-hitter and two lefties. The seven batters from the right side went 0-for-7 with seven strikeouts the first time through the order. The two left-handed hitters were hitless, but put the ball in play.

He matched his season high in strikeouts for a game (seven) the first time through the order on Friday. He matched his career high (10) with his final out of the fifth, 16 batters into his outing.

His career high in swings and misses was 15 from his May 13 win in Baltimore. He garnered 18 swings and misses out of 45 curveballs and cutters Friday. Add in a couple whiffs off of his fastball, and he had 20 swinging strikes out of 92 pitches.

His 11-strikeout performance was the highest total for a Tigers lefty in 21 years:

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
David Wells 1993-06-04 DET CAL L 3-6 GS-8 8.0 4 3 3 2 11
Frank Tanana 1985-08-22 DET OAK W 5-3 GS-8 8.0 7 3 1 1 11
Frank Tanana 1985-07-23 DET CHW L 3-5 CG 8 ,L 8.0 8 5 2 1 11
Pat Underwood 1979-07-02 DET CLE L 4-8 GS-7 6.2 9 4 3 1 11
John Hiller 1977-06-14 DET TOR W 7-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 2 2 3 12
Mickey Lolich 1974-06-16 DET KCR W 3-2 CG 11 ,W 11.0 11 2 2 2 11
Mickey Lolich 1974-06-04 (1) DET OAK L 0-4 CG 9 ,L 9.0 4 4 3 5 12
Mickey Lolich 1974-05-26 DET CLE W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 1 1 11
Woodie Fryman 1973-09-11 DET MIL W 4-2 GS-9 ,W 9.0 6 2 2 1 11
Mickey Lolich 1973-06-17 DET MIN W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 7 0 0 3 11
Mickey Lolich 1972-10-02 DET BOS W 4-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 6 1 1 5 15
Mickey Lolich 1972-07-17 DET CHW W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 1 0 0 11
Les Cain 1971-08-23 DET MIN W 4-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 2 2 5 13
Mickey Lolich 1971-08-04 DET WSA W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 1 1 1 14
Mickey Lolich 1971-07-31 DET CAL L 2-3 CG 12 ,L 12.0 9 3 3 0 14
Mickey Lolich 1971-06-28 DET BAL W 9-4 GS-13 13.0 7 4 4 2 12
Mickey Lolich 1971-06-24 DET CLE W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 8 0 0 2 11
Mickey Lolich 1971-06-20 (1) DET CLE L 6-7 GS-8 8.0 7 6 5 3 11
Mickey Lolich 1971-05-07 DET KCR W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 8 1 1 6 13
John Hiller 1970-10-01 DET CLE W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 2 11
Mickey Lolich 1970-08-23 DET MIL W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 0 0 2 14
Mike Kilkenny 1970-06-16 DET OAK W 5-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 3 11
Mike Kilkenny 1969-09-17 DET CLE W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 5 13
Mickey Lolich 1969-08-29 DET SEP W 6-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 1 3 12
Mickey Lolich 1969-08-20 DET SEP W 4-3 CG 9 ,W 9.0 8 3 3 4 14
Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
Mickey Lolich 1969-07-24 DET KCR W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 3 13
Mickey Lolich 1969-06-09 DET SEP L 2-3 GS-9 9.0 4 1 1 1 16
Mickey Lolich 1969-05-23 DET CAL W 6-3 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 3 3 2 16
Mickey Lolich 1968-09-15 DET OAK W 13-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 2 12
Mickey Lolich 1968-08-29 DET CAL W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 12
Mickey Lolich 1968-07-01 DET CAL W 5-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 1 0 14
Mickey Lolich 1967-09-30 (1) DET CAL W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 4 11
Mickey Lolich 1967-09-19 DET BOS L 2-4 GS-8 ,L 8.0 6 4 4 1 13
Mickey Lolich 1967-08-22 (2) DET MIN W 2-1 GS-8 8.0 6 1 1 3 13
Mickey Lolich 1966-09-05 (1) DET WSA L 4-6 GS-7 ,L 7.0 9 6 6 4 11
Mickey Lolich 1965-09-22 DET CHW L 1-2 CG 9 ,L 9.0 5 2 1 1 11
Mickey Lolich 1965-08-19 (2) DET MIN L 1-2 GS-7 7.0 3 1 1 2 13
Hank Aguirre 1965-08-12 DET KCA W 11-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 0 11
Mickey Lolich 1964-09-09 DET NYY W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 1 12
Hank Aguirre 1962-06-29 DET BAL W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 11
Billy Hoeft 1956-07-29 (1) DET WSH W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 4 12
Billy Hoeft 1954-05-31 (2) DET BAL L 2-4 CG 8 ,L 8.0 9 4 4 1 11
Ted Gray 1952-09-28 DET CLE L 2-8 CG 9 ,L 9.0 9 8 8 4 11
Ted Gray 1951-08-12 DET SLB W 2-1 8.0 3 1 1 3 12
Hal Newhouser 1947-05-25 (1) DET CHW W 10-1 9.0 7 1 1 3 11
Hal Newhouser 1946-09-18 DET PHA W 2-1 10.0 3 1 1 1 11
Hal Newhouser 1946-06-02 DET WSH W 10-2 9.0 8 2 1 3 13
Hal Newhouser 1945-05-23 DET PHA W 7-1 9.0 7 1 1 1 11
Hal Newhouser 1943-08-14 DET WSH L 4-7 9.0 9 7 3 6 11
Hal Newhouser 1943-05-27 DET NYY W 3-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 2 2 2 14
Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
Earl Whitehill 1930-08-14 DET NYY W 5-1 9.0 7 1 1 2 11
Earl Whitehill 1926-08-08 DET NYY W 8-3 9.0 7 3 2 2 12
Harry Coveleski 1914-07-30 DET WSH W 3-2 10.0 3 2 1 5 11
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/26/2014.

 

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Angels

J.D. Martinez returns to the Tigers lineup for the first time since Tuesday and just his second start since Sunday. Rajai Davis is the odd man out in the Tigers outfield as a result. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard lineup against Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher the Tigers haven’t faced before.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (no career numbers off Skaggs)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Torii Hunter, RF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Eugenio Suarez

P: Drew Smyly

ANGELS (career numbers vs. Smyly)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF
  2. Mike Trout, CF (2-for-8, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (2-for-6, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  4. Josh Hamilton, LF (3-for-10, HR, 3 K’s)
  5. Howie Kendrick, 2B (2-for-7, HR, K)
  6. Erick Aybar, SS (2-for-5, double)
  7. David Freese, 3B
  8. C.J. Cron, DH
  9. Chris Iannetta, C (2-for-3, 2 doubles, walk)

P: Tyler Skaggs

Game 99: When Joe Nathan finds his slider

Joe Nathan has been around the American League long enough to remember when the Rally Monkey first became a thing.

“Yeah, I don’t stare at the thing,” Nathan said. “It’s a known fact that if you catch eyeballs with the monkey, something bad’s going to happen. So you have to keep your head down. I’ve seen it way too many times where I watch the video and I laugh and all of a sudden, ‘Aw, man.'”

If he keeps throwing sliders like the ones he threw Thursday, he won’t have to think about superstitions. His ninth inning Thursday night barely lasted long enough for the Angels to get a video clip of the Rally Monkey on the scoreboard.

He struck out the side in order for just the second time this season, and he needed just 12 pitches — nine of them strikes — to do it. The same reliever who drew just six swings and misses over seven innings from May 12-28 drew six whiffs in his latest inning alone. Four of those came on a slider that has become a project of his in recent weeks.

“That was as long as I’ve seen his slider, I think all year possibility,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “It was clear that the hitters weren’t picking up the rotation on his slider. It looked like a fastball to them and they swung right over the top. …

“That’s the slider I remember facing. It looks like a fastball coming in at the bottom of the strike zone, and you start your swing and it just drops out of the strike zone. It almost has a split-finger action to it.”

That’s the idea.

“I threw the slider in some pretty good spots to make it tough for them to lay off,” Nathan said, “but also with two strikes being able to put it in a place.”

It also was a difference in mechanics.

“I’ve been tweaking mechanics and working on different things,” he said. “Each time out there, I’ve had a chance to work on it and get more and more comfortable with it. Now I’m getting to the point where you can get away from mechanics and stop thinking about that.”

This would be a good time for that. Thursday’s gem came hours after Joakim Soria joined the team following his trade from Texas. He was a closer with the Rangers, but set up for Nathan over the second half last season.

Nathan entered Thursday having drawn swings and misses on 35.6 percent of his sliders this year (37 whiffs out of 104 swings), up slightly from his 2013 rate in Texas (63 out of 186, 33.9%) according to STATS.

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Angels

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J.D. Martinez was originally in the starting lineup, but Brad Ausmus said he decided to give him one more game of rest as a precaution.

“Despite the fact that he felt much better, I just decided I didn’t want to have a situation where he reaggravated it,” Ausmus said, “so I put Rajai in and shifted the lineup around a little bit.”

Martinez is available as a pinch-hitter.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Garrett Richards)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-10, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-13, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-8, double, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-4, 2 K’s)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (0-for-4)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-4, walk, K)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  9. Rajai Davis, LF (0-for-7)

P: Max Scherzer

ANGELS (career numbers versus Scherzer)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF (0-for-1, K)
  2. Mike Trout, RF (3-for-13, double, HR, 8 K’s)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (1-for-10, double, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Josh Hamilton, LF (6-for-19, double, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (2-for-14, double, K)
  6. Howie Kendrick, 2B (2-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. David Freese, 3B
  8. C.J. Cron, DH
  9. Hank Conger, C

P: Garrett Richards

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