(Sports Network) – The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim close out a three-game weekend set from the Coliseum this afternoon.
These teams have split the first two meetings of this series, with the Athletics rebounding from a loss on Friday with a 15-1 rout last night. Rajai Davis’ grand slam capped an eight-run third inning for Oakland, with the outfielder finishing 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored.
“It’s just nice to get an opportunity to play,” Davis said. “To get some hits and get them early, it takes a lot of pressure off yourself.”
Adam Rosales went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored for the Athletics, who snapped a four-game skid. Ben Sheets (4-8) threw six shutout innings and gave up just two hits and a walk with four strikeouts for the win.
Cory Aldridge drove in the lone run for the Angels, who have lost five of six. Starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (7-9) was blown up for a franchise-record 13 runs on 11 hits and walked three over five innings to drop his fourth straight start
“Between he’s pitched some good baseball, and there’s been some games that have gotten away from him,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Kazmir. “[Saturday], obviously he struggled with a lot of things.”
Jered Weaver has been outstanding for Anaheim this season, and the righty will take the mound for this afternoon’s rubber match. Through 18 starts, Weaver is 8-4 with a 2.97 ERA and has posted 130 strikeouts and only 27 walks through 115 innings, while yielding 96 hits.
In his most recent start, Weaver allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings against the White Sox on Tuesday en route to defeat.
Weaver is 0-1 against Oakland this season and 3-4 with a 3.10 ERA lifetime against the A’s.
As for Oakland, it will give the ball to Trevor Cahill today. Cahill lost his last outing, permitting six earned runs in six innings against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, but still is an impressive 8-3 overall with a 3.17 ERA. He has only allowed 65 hits through 88 innings.
Cahill has yet to face the Angels this season and is 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA in his career against them.
The Angels have won seven of 12 meetings with Oakland this season and are 11-5 in the 16 most recent contests between the AL West foes.