Game Preview: A's v. Angels - June 23, 2004

The A's continued their free-fall last night, losing to Anaheim 6-1. Starter Tim Hudson was rocked and the A's were unable to generate offense against Bartolo Colon. The A's turn to Mark Redman tonight in hopes of breaking their four game skid.

Oakland Athletics (38-31) L-4 v. Anaheim Angels (39-31) W-2

Date: June 23, 2004
Time: 7:05 P.S.T.
Place: Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA

Preview: Mark Redman looks for his, and the A's, second win on this 1-7 road trip as he takes on Kelvim Escobar in the third game of this four-game series. Oakland dropped last night's contest 6-1 and fell to third place in the AL West as they have followed their most successful homestand in franchise history with their potentially worst road trip ever. There weren't too many bright spots last night as the A's were blown out for the second straight night by Anaheim and have lost five in a row to the Angels. Even the usually consistent Tim Hudson looked shaky as he gave up five runs (four earned) in only five innings while getting called for a balk and throwing a wild pitch.

A positive note for the A's was the job of the bullpen as they pitched three strong innings allowing only one run which could have easily been ruled unearned. In the seventh inning, center fielder Mark Kotsay looked like he committed his second error of the night when he let a catchable line drive from Chone Figgins drop for a double and it was ruled a hit. Rookie Justin Lehr pitched his second consecutive shutout performance as he needed only eight pitches to get through the eighth inning. Tonight's and tomorrow's game will be nationally televised on ESPN 2.

Pitching Matchup:
Oakland – Mark Redman, LHP (5-3, 4.07 ERA)
Anaheim – Kelvim Escobar, RHP (4-3, 3.49 ERA)


Kelvim Escobar: One of Anaheim's off-season acquisitions, Escobar has performed even better than most people thought. Ranking 9th in the AL with a 3.49 ERA, he has been the most consistent of the Angels' starters and has historically been dominant when getting ahead in the count. In the month of June, he has a 1-1 record in four starts with an impressive 2.20 ERA while averaging a little over 7 innings and 6.5 strikeouts per start. He has a vast amount of pitches in his repertoire but can struggle locating his pitches on any given night. In two starts against Oakland earlier this year, Escobar was 1-1 while posting a 5.91 ERA and yielding 3 homeruns. He has very good numbers at home as he is 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA in 7 games with a .244 opponents' batting average.

Mark Redman: Coming off his best start of the year, Redman will be facing Anaheim for the second time, as he was roughed up in his first start by giving up 5 runs (4 earned) in 5.1 innings and allowing a .417 batting average to Anaheim hitters. While Redman has had a fairly good season so far, he has been lacking consistency as he has yet to win two starts in a row. In the month of June, he has a 4.13 ERA in four starts with a 2-0 record and an average start of 6 innings. Hopefully Redman will not read the scouting report before the game as the current Anaheim batters, as a team, are batting .343 against him with 9 homeruns over their careers.

Pitcher-Batter Matchup:
Redman v.:
Kennedy, A – 3 for 5 – 1 3B, 2 RBI
Salmon, T – 2 for 14 – 1 RBI
Anderson, G – 6 for 13 – 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1 2B
Guillen, J – 1 for 9 – 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K
Figgins, C – 1 for 3
Eckstein, D – 6 for 11 – 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB
Molina, B – 6 for 12 – 1 RBI
Guerrero, V – 5 for 10 – 2 HR, 3 RBI

Escobar v.:
Hatteberg, S – 6 for 15 – 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB
McLemore, M – 2 for 14 – 3 K
Dye, J – 4 for 20 – 3 2B, 6 K
Durazo, E – 2 for 4 – 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Byrnes, E – 1 for 5 – 2 K
Kielty, B – 1 for 4 – 1 K
Karros, E – 1 for 4 – 1 K
Miller, D – 3 for 9 – 2 2B, 4 K
Kotsay, M – 2 for 6
Crosby, B – 1 for 3 – 1 HR, 2 RBI

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