While the Los Angeles Angels have had no problems scoring runs in this series against the Tigers, Detroit’s offense hasn’t taken full advantage of its opportunities.
The Angels look to continue their offensive surge and sweep the struggling Tigers when these division leaders wrap up their three-game series on Sunday.
After winning Friday’s series opener 11-3, Los Angeles (60-42) beat Detroit 10-3 on Saturday. The Angels, who lead second-place Seattle by four games in the AL West, have not scored 10 or more runs in three straight games since May 20-23, 1997.
Los Angeles began its current three-game winning streak with a 7-6 victory over Oakland on Wednesday, following a stretch when it went just 2-7. It has not won four in a row since June 20-24.
On Saturday, Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to break a open a tie game and Orlando Cabrera added a two-run home run to cap the seven-run inning. The two homers matched the total the Angels hit in their previous 19 games combined.
“Those home runs were a welcome addition to our offense,” manager Mike Scioscia told the team’s official Web site.
Los Angeles is 15-for-27 with runners in scoring position in this series.
Detroit (60-43), meanwhile, has scored the most runs in the majors (601), but has failed to get timely hits in this series. The Tigers have 26 hits in the first two games, but are just 4-for-23 with runners in scoring position and have left 20 on base.
The Tigers, who are one-half game ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central, have lost three straight and five of six. They have not dropped four consecutive games since May 25-28.
“We’re in a rut right now,” manager Jim Leyland told the team’s official Web site.
Jeremy Bonderman (10-2, 3.69 ERA) looks to prevent Detroit from being swept at Angel Stadium for the first time since May 3-5, 2004 when he takes the ball Sunday.
Bonderman is enjoying another stellar season, with the Tigers winning 12 of his last 14 starts. The right-hander was not his best on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, though, as he yielded five runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 5-3 loss.
Tuesday’s loss at Chicago was also his first road defeat on the season. He fell to 5-1 with a 4.11 ERA in 10 starts away from Comerica Park.
Bonderman has made one of his best and worst starts of the season against the Angels. On April 24, he was tagged for season highs of seven runs and 11 hits in six innings of a 9-8, 10-inning win, but a month later he avenged that dismal performance by allowing four hits in eight innings of a 12-0 victory on May 24.
Bonderman is 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA in eight career starts against the Angels.
Moseley has made 31 appearances out of the bullpen this season, but hasn’t started since April 12, when he allowed one run and five hits in six innings of a 4-2 loss to Cleveland, but did not factor in the decision. Moseley, who opened the year in the Angels’ starting rotation, is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts.
On Monday, after Colon left after one inning, Moseley allowed a season-high five runs and five hits - including two home runs - in 2 2-3 innings of a 12-6 loss to Oakland, but did not receive a decision.
In three appearances against the Tigers this season, Moseley has given up three hits in 3 1-3 shutout innings.