One day after falling just short in a comeback attempt, the Los Angeles Angels attempt to get back in the win column when they visit the Oakland Athletics on Monday afternoon for the opener of their three-game series. The Angels rallied for three runs in the ninth inning on Sunday but left the bases loaded in a 7-6 loss at Texas, which kept them 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second wild card in the American League.
Andrelton Simmons and C.J. Cron drove in two runs apiece while Albert Pujols plated one, giving him 11 RBIs over his last four contests. Los Angeles looks to bounce back from losing two of three to the Rangers as it takes on the last-place Athletics, against whom it executed a three-game sweep at home last week. Oakland hopes to pick up where it left off before an 0-6 road trip, as it outscored Texas 19-7 while sweeping a three-game home set from Aug. 25-27. The Athletics managed only five hits in Sunday’s 10-2 loss at Seattle, with rookie Matt Olson driving in the only runs with his 12th home run of the year and fourth in six games.
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FSN West (Los Angeles), NBCSN California (Oakland)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Parker Bridwell (7-2, 3.52 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Chris Smith (0-4, 6.27)
Bridwell hopes to produce a better performance than the one he gave against Oakland last Wednesday, when he escaped with a no-decision after surrendering seven runs on six hits and three walks over three innings. The 26-year-old rookie from Texas gave up fewer than three earned runs in each of his previous four outings but came away with only a 2-1 record. Bridwell has yet to lose on the road this season, going 4-0 with an impressive 2.00 ERA in six starts.
Smith remains in search of his first win in 2017 as he makes his ninth start of the year - and also of his career. The 36-year-old Californian was tagged by the Angels for seven runs - six earned - over 3 2/3 innings in a loss at Los Angeles on Tuesday. Smith, who is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in three career appearances (one start) against the Angels, has worked six or more frames only once in his last five turns and has not yielded fewer than three runs in that span.
1. Angels 3B Luis Valbuena has gone five games without a home run after belting six in his previous 11 contests.
2. Oakland DH Ryon Healy has gone 6-for-15 over his last four games and hit safely in 16 of his last 19 contests.
3. Los Angeles is 12-2 in games started by Bridwell this season.
PREDICTION: Angels 7, Athletics 3