Angels-Athletics Preview

The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Angels didn't have much success at the plate during their series opener against the Oakland Athletics.

An expected matchup with minor league callup Graham Godfrey might bring a different result for the Angels on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles produced three singles and two doubles during a 2-1 loss at Coliseum on Monday night. Mike Trout had one of those two-base hits in the fifth inning on a ball that bounced off A's first baseman Daric Barton's glove and drove in his team's only run.

"There are a number of guys who aren't swinging the bat to their capabilities," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're in such a hole that we're not going to make it up in one or two days. It's that pitch-by-pitch grind we have to work toward."

The A's Kila Ka'aihue, meanwhile, singled home Coco Crisp, who was activated from the disabled list Monday, for the winning run and sent the Angels (18-25) to a third straight defeat, their longest skid since a season-worst, five-game run April 22-27.

"The confidence grows every time you play a good game against them," manager Bob Melvin said. "The fact that we're winning some close games here recently against the division and a good team like the Angels, confidence goes a long way."

Los Angeles may have a chance to snap that losing streak if it gets the chance to face Godfrey (0-3, 5.06 ERA), who will likely make his first major league start since April 20. The A's (22-21) are expected to recall the right-hander from Triple-A Sacramento since Brandon McCarthy was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right shoulder.

Godfrey was part of Oakland's rotation coming out of spring training but was sent down to the minors after losing all three of his starts. That stint might have helped as he was 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA in five starts for Sacramento.

The Angels, meanwhile, are hoping a healthier C.J. Wilson (4-4, 3.35) will give them a better outing. The left-hander matched a career high with six walks while dealing with sickness in a 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. He also gave up four runs - one earned - while failing to make it through the fourth inning.

"I had a little stomach virus today, so I couldn't really get anything going,'' Wilson said. "It was just weird. I almost passed out after the first inning. I didn't set a good tone, and that's pretty much my fault."

Wilson's two-run error in his home debut for the Angels on April 19 helped contribute to a 4-2 defeat to Oakland. He was charged with four runs, two hits and three walks over six innings during that game.

Wilson is 4-3 with a 3.17 ERA in nine career starts against the A's but 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA over his last two in Oakland.

Godfrey is set to make his eighth career major league start and his first against the Angels.

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