Thursday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. Matt Shoemaker
|08.21.14 at 8:00 am ET|
De La Rosa (4-4, 3.79 ERA) showed signs of consistency in recent outings, tossing three straight quality starts, two of which came on the road. But Saturday was a setback. The right-hander was tagged for six runs on nine hits over four innings, and took a no-decision in a Red Sox win over the Astros. He walked four and struck out two on 89 pitches. It was De La Rosa’s worst outing since a seven-run meltdown in Toronto on July 24 and his most walks allowed since June 19.
“It was a struggle for him tonight,” Farrell said after the game. “He struggled with his command, struggled with any type of put-away pitch.”
One of De La Rosa’s best starts this season came in his Aug. 10 outing against the Angels. He pitched into the eighth inning for his first road win of the year, giving up one run on five hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. De La Rosa is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two career starts against the Angels.
Shoemaker (11-4, 3.84 ERA) has been a surprising success for the Angels this season. An undrafted pitcher out of Eastern Michigan University, the righty maintained a professional career by pitching well in Triple-A the last two years.
The 27-year-old got his big league chance this year after a combination of injuries and struggles from normally reliable starters left a hole in the rotation. And he’s taken advantage of that opportunity. He’s third on the team in wins and ERA over 96 innings this season.
“I definitely thought it was a possibility,” Shoemaker said of attaining this kind of success in 2014. “Did I think it was going to happen? Not necessarily. But my competitiveness tells me, ‘Hey, it’s possible. Anything is possible.’ “
Shoemaker’s start on Saturday was another example of the kind of season he’s had in 2014. He held the Rangers to two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings for his fourth win in his last five appearances. He’s allowed just six runs and has walked three in his last 26 2/3 innings.
Shoemaker’s only appearance against the Red Sox in his career came in three shutout innings of relief in extra innings Aug. 9. He struck out four batters for the win.
Angels vs. De La Rosa (RHP)
Erick Aybar (6 plate appearances): .400 AVG/.500 OBP/1.000 SLG, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Chris Iannetta .167/.167/.167, 3 strikeouts
Howie Kendrick (6): .333/.333/.833, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Collin Cowgill (5): .250/.400/.250, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Kole Calhoun (5): .500/.500/.750, 1 double, strikeout
Mike Trout (4): .333/.500/1.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
David Freese (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk
Efren Navarro (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Albert Pujols (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Red Sox vs. Shoemaker (RHP)
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