Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Oakland0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 370
LA Angels0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 x 580
  W: M. Lorenzen (5-2)   L: A. Kolarek (0-1)   S: R. Iglesias (9)
6:07 PM PT7:07 PM MT8:07 PM CT9:07 PM ET21:07 ET1:07 GMT9:07 6:07 PM MST8:07 PM EST8:37 PM VEN5:07 UAE (+1)7:07 PM CT, May 21, 2022
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 39,045

Angels seek bounce-back win over A's

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Angels took three of four games in Oakland when these teams met last weekend. The A's have won four straight and nine of their last 11 in Anaheim, however, outscoring the Angels 52-27 in those games.
  2. Oakland lost the rubber match of a home series against the Twins on Wednesday, falling 14-4. It was the most runs the A's have allowed since a 14-2 loss at home to the Giants on September 20, 2020.
  3. Luis Barrera had three hits and an RBI in the loss on Wednesday, his first career three-hit game. Barrera hit his first major league home run in Game 1 of last Saturday's doubleheader against the Angels.
  4. Paul Blackburn has a 1.67 ERA through seven starts this season. He's the 10th A's pitcher since 1913 with an ERA below 1.70 in his first seven starts, and just the third since 1991, joining Sean Manaea in 2018 (1.63) and Sonny Gray in 2015 (1.65).
  5. The Angels were swept in a three-game set at Texas this week, the first time they've lost three consecutive games this season. In the series, the Angels allowed a combined seven runs in the first inning, six runs in innings 2-6, and 10 runs in innings 8+.
  6. Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-5 on Wednesday, his first game going 0-for-5 or worse this season and the 12th such game of his career. The Angels are 7-5 in those games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/20/2022 thru 5/22/2022

The Los Angeles Angels will host the Oakland A's on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif., looking to get their bullpen back to where it was in the first six weeks of the season.

Heading into Friday's 4-2 loss to the A's, the Angels' bullpen ranked 15th in the majors with a 3.72 ERA. While it's in the middle of the pack, it has vastly improved from last season, when it ranked No. 24 out of the 30 clubs with a 4.59 ERA.

But the staff hit a snag recently in being swept by the Texas Rangers. The Angels gave up 23 runs in the three games, 12 of which were allowed by the bullpen.

Closer Raisel Iglesias had been 8-for-8 in save opportunities, but he gave up walk-off homers in back-to-back appearances against the A's last Saturday and against the Rangers on Wednesday.

And set-up man Ryan Tepera saw his season ERA balloon from 2.08 to 4.67 after allowing five runs in his appearance last Tuesday against the Rangers when he did not record an out.

"We will get our bullpen right; I have a lot of faith in these guys," Angels manager Joe Maddon said.

Tepera and left-hander Aaron Loup are newcomers to the Angels and have been a vital part of the bullpen's success, adding quality and depth.

"The bullpen is used more in today's game, and I've always said that you have to be able to use everybody," Loup said. "If you don't have the confidence to throw, say, your lowest guy on the totem pole in a big situation, then we're not going to be any good."

Right-hander Michael Lorenzen (4-2, 3.57 ERA) will start for the Angels on Saturday, his seventh start of the season. He is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in two career games (one start) against Oakland.

Frankie Montas (2-4, 3.67) will make his ninth start of the season for Oakland. The right-hander is coming off a loss against the Angels in his last appearance, though he allowed just two runs and five hits in six innings.

Those two runs came on a first-inning home run by Shohei Ohtani, after which Montas held the potent Anaheim offense in check. Though Montas' record does not reflect it, A's manager Mark Kotsay said Montas is still a force on the mound because of his splitter.

"It's one of the better split-finger fastballs in the game right now," Kotsay said. "I faced some good splits in the past. Curt Schilling comes to mind right away. John Smoltz and some others. From our vantage point in the dugout, it gets to the hitting zone and just falls down."

Montas has faced the Angels 14 times (11 starts) in his career. He is 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA against them. Montas has had success in his career against Mike Trout, holding the Angels' center fielder to three hits in 15 at-bats, with four strikeouts.

Angels right fielder Taylor Ward is questionable for Saturday's game after leaving Friday's game in the ninth inning. Ward ran face-first into the right-field wall while making a catch of a fly ball hit by Oakland's Tony Kemp.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 21, 2022