MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Pittsburgh0 0 3 0 4 1 2 0 0 10170
LA Angels3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7102
  W: T. Williams (5-5)   L: T. Cole (2-4)   S: F. Vázquez (22)
7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 PM CT, August 13, 2019
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 33,568

Bell, Pirates hope to batter Angels again

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According to STATS

Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels

  1. Pittsburgh heads west to Los Angeles for a three-game interleague series. The Angels took the last two games to split their weekend series in Boston, snapping an eight-game losing streak. The Pirates enter on an eight-game skid and with an MLB-worst 4-24 record since the All-Star break.
  2. Pirates starting pitchers have a 6.41 ERA since the All-Star break, second-worst in the NL. In that time, Pittsburgh's starters are also among the league's worst with three wins (30th), a .283 opponent batting average (24th) and 34 home runs allowed (27th).
  3. The Angels' bullpen has a 4.61 ERA and .250 opponents' batting average, ranking 18th in both, but has surrendered an MLB-worst 230 walks and 90 home runs, second-most in the majors.
  4. Josh Bell hit two home runs against the Cardinals on Sunday, snapping a 26-game homerless streak, the second-longest of his career. Bell is slashing .304/.429/.652 in seven August games after slashing .213/.318/.448 in June and July combined.
  5. Mike Trout's sixth-inning home run on Saturday was the first of his career at Fenway Park, the last AL stadium for Trout to go yard in. He had been homerless in his first 21 games at Fenway. Entering the series against the Pirates, he has homered in three of his last four interleague games.
  6. Pittsburgh's Starling Marte has grounded into 15 double plays this season, while Los Angeles' Albert Pujols has hit into 16 twin-killings, both ranking among MLB's 10 most frequent double-play culprits. The Angels' Andrelton Simmons, currently on the injured list, has also grounded into 16 double plays.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2019 thru 8/14/2019

Josh Bell is suddenly rediscovering his power stroke.

After enduring a 26-game homerless drought, the All-Star slugger has hammered three in two games as he leads the Pittsburgh Pirates into a Tuesday game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif.

Bell was one of four Pirates to go deep Monday in a 10-2 win during the opener of the three-game series. The victory was just Pittsburgh's fifth in 29 games since the All-Star break and also ended the Pirates' eight-game skid.

The switch-hitting Bell has 95 RBIs -- tied with Atlanta's Freddie Freeman for most in the major leagues -- as he continues his career-best season despite the club's woes. He broke his power outage with two blasts Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, but the Pirates dropped an 11-9 decision.

Jacob Stallings, Kevin Newman and Bryan Reynolds also homered for Pittsburgh on Monday. Stallings added a two-run double.

"Stallings has made so many great contributions to our ballclub," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said after the victory. "He's been trending up for a while. He's trusting his swing. He's confident. He knows what he wants to hit, and he gets the ball in the air."

Pirates center fielder Starling Marte went 3-for-5 in the series opener after being hitless in eight at-bats with four strikeouts over the previous two games.

Pittsburgh's offensive onslaught resulted in the Angels' 13th loss in 17 games. Los Angeles showed signs of breaking out of the slump with back-to-back wins in Boston over the weekend, but the Angels fell behind 6-0 in the first three innings on Monday and never countered with a charge.

Star center fielder Mike Trout has five homers in the past 11 games but is hitless in six at-bats over the past two contests. Trout leads the American League with 39 homers and 92 RBIs.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles first baseman Albert Pujols is struggling. The 39-year-old veteran was hitless in four at-bats in the opener and is just 2-for-19 (.105) in his past six appearances.

Pujols also committed a first-inning throwing error that allowed two runs to score in a three-run frame. Angels rookie third baseman Matt Thaiss made two fielding errors over the first two innings.

"He is new to the position; he just started playing it a few months ago," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said afterward of Thaiss, who had been a first baseman prior to this season. "Those things are going to happen."

Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams (4-5, 5.06 ERA) will oppose Angels righty Griffin Canning (4-6, 4.76) on Tuesday.

Williams was torched for six runs and eight hits over five innings while losing 8-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday in his most recent turn.

The 27-year-old is 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA over his past five outings. He has served up eight homers while allowing 22 runs (20 earned) over 28 1/3 innings during the stretch.

Williams has given up 14 blasts over his past nine starts after allowing just three in his first eight outings.

Williams, who has never faced the Angels, is 2-3 with a 4.17 ERA in nine road starts this season.

Canning will be activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game to make his 16th start of the season. He has been sidelined since Aug. 1 due to right elbow inflammation.

The 23-year-old rookie gave up four hits in six shutout innings while beating the Detroit Tigers on July 30 before landing on the IL.

Canning is 3-2 with a 4.17 ERA in nine home appearances (eight starts). He will oppose the Pirates for the first time in his career.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 13, 2019

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