Mike Scioscia is on the verge of a Los Angeles Angels’ coaching milestone.
The way his team has played of late, he could achieve it Wednesday when the streaking Angels continue their four-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
In his eighth season as Angels manager, Scioscia needs one win to give him the most of any skipper in club history.
Los Angeles’ 7-5 victory over Kansas City on Tuesday gave Scioscia his 625th win as Angels’ manager, tying him with Bill Rigney, who managed from 1961-69.
“Everyone from the whole organization, the minor leagues, the major league staff. These guys are terrific,” said Scioscia, whose team will look for its fifth straight win Wednesday. “We all share in that.”
Tuesday’s win improved the AL West-leading Angels to 10-2 since losing six in a row from April 12-18. Los Angeles also will look for its seventh consecutive victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium and overall.
Guerrero raised his average to .365, while Matthews is up to .318 after he hit .217 through the first 16 games of 2007.
The Angels hope Ervin Santana will snap out of his road funk when they hand him the ball Wednesday.
Santana (2-3, 5.79 ERA) will look to avoid a fourth straight road loss Wednesday against the Royals (8-19), who have lost three in a row and eight of 11. He is 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts against the Royals
In 2007, the right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts this season at Angel Stadium, but is 0-3 with a 9.64 ERA on the road. For his career, the 24-year-old is 9-14 with a 6.77 ERA in 28 starts on the road, compared to 21-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 33 home starts.
His last road win came at Oakland on Sept. 24.
In the Angels’ most recent loss, Santana allowed four runs, five hits and six walks in 5 2-3 innings as Los Angeles fell 7-3 loss at Chicago on Friday.
“Some good things happened,” Scioscia told the Angels’ official Web site. “He was searching for some rhythm out there. He wasn’t as clean as he could have been, but he battled.”
Los Angeles outfielder Garrett Anderson (hip) missed his fourth straight game and third baseman Macier Izturis (hamstring) missed his second Tuesday. Scioscia said both could miss another day or two.
Tuesday marked the first time in three games the Royals scored more than one run.
Kansas City will send Jorge De La Rosa (2-2, 3.82) to the mound on Wednesday. The left-hander allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 1-2 innings to take the loss as Kansas City fell 7-4 at Seattle on Friday.
De La Rosa is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA after allowing four runs in 6 2-3 innings last Sept. 19 in his only appearance against the Angels.