The Los Angeles Angels look to complete their second consecutive sweep of the Oakland Athletics when they visit their American League West rivals on Wednesday afternoon for the finale of their three-game series. Los Angeles, which swept a three-game set versus Oakland at home from Aug.28-30, posted an 8-7 win in 10 innings on Tuesday to move one-half game ahead of Minnesota for the second wild card in the AL.
C.J. Cron drove in three runs while falling a double shy of the cycle and pinch hitter Ben Revere delivered an RBI single in the 10th inning for the Angels, who played their major league-record fifth straight contest lasting longer than 3 hours, 49 minutes. Cron is riding a nine-game hitting streak and has collected 15 RBIs over his last seven contests. Albert Pujols enters Wednesday with a six-game RBI streak during which he has driven in 14 runs while Mike Trout has drawn a walk in 13 consecutive contests, matching the club record set in 1961 by Albie Pearson. Rookie Matt Olson has gone deep in three straight games, belting four shots in that span, while Khris Davis is tied for the AL lead with 38 homers and sits five RBIs shy of matching his career high of 102 set last year after launching a two-run shot on Tuesday for Oakland, which has lost eight in a row.
TV: 3:35 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN West (Los Angeles), NBCSN California (Oakland)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels LH Tyler Skaggs (1-4, 4.89 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Sean Manaea (9-9, 4.52)
Skaggs has yet to win since returning from an oblique injury that sidelined him for over three months, losing three of his six starts. The 26-year-old Californian has yielded at least five runs in each of his last three turns but escaped with two no-decisions, including an outing at Texas on Friday in which he was reached for six runs on five hits and three walks over two innings. Skaggs has yet to defeat Oakland in his career, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts - including an 0-2 record and 7.71 ERA in two meetings this season.
Manaea is coming off a loss at Seattle on Friday in which he gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. It marked the third straight turn in which the 25-year-old native of Indiana allowed fewer than four runs after a string of three consecutive six-run outings. Manaea has struggled mightily against Los Angeles this season, going 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in three starts.
1. The Angels are expected to activate RHP Bud Norris (knee) from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.
2. Oakland transferred RHP Paul Blackburn (hand) to the 60-day disabled list while recalling OF Renato Nunez, 2B Joey Wendle and RHP Daniel Mengden and purchasing the contract of RHP Raul Alcantara from Triple-A Nashville.
3. In addition to activating Richards, Los Angeles purchased the contract of Deolis Guerra from Salt Lake and designated fellow RHPs Vicente Campos and Mike Morin for assignment.
PREDICTION: Athletics 6, Angels 4