Mike Trout put together an impressive hitting streak to open the season, but he’s fallen on harder times in the batter’s box more recently.
It’s likely no coincidence that Los Angeles’ offense is struggling as a whole, too.
Trout and the Angels will try to avoid their third three-game skid of the season Wednesday night against the Oakland Athletics.
Los Angeles (9-11) has been held to three runs or fewer seven times during a 4-6 stretch, recording only six hits in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss in Oakland. Trout had been batting .444 while collecting at least one hit in each of his first 10 games, but is 5 for 34 (.147) with 12 strikeouts over his last 10 after going 0 for 4 and getting rung up on strikes three times.
Meanwhile, Josh Reddick continued his torrid stretch for the Athletics (9-12), going 2 for 4 with his second home run. He is 14 for 30 with nine RBIs over his last nine games.
Brett Lawrie also had a three-run shot as Oakland snapped a four-game skid.
"We knew that the boys were ready to go today," Lawrie said. "We knew it wasn’t going to stop in the first inning. Even though they did put up a couple, we knew that we had a lot of fight in us. That’s the type of team we are."
Sonny Gray got Oakland’s staff back on track, yielding two runs in eight innings after the club had allowed 17 earned runs over the last three contests.
The A’s turn to Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.12 ERA), who missed his originally scheduled start Thursday due to a blister on his right middle finger. He told MLB’s official website that he threw all of his pitches in a bullpen Sunday without setbacks.
"This past week or two, it gave me a chance to heal," Hahn said. "If I would have made that last start – which I wanted to, but it was a smart decision not to – I would have had a chance of re-opening it and possibly being on the DL for something so small and stupid."
Hahn will be looking for his second straight win after holding Kansas City to three hits over 5 1-3 innings of a 5-0 road victory on April 18. He has never faced the Angels.
Los Angeles’ Matt Shoemaker (2-1, 6.46) missed his last start, too, after going on the bereavement list following his grandfather’s death.
He gets another shot at the A’s after struggling against them in a 6-3 loss on April 20. The right-hander gave up five runs – four on home runs by Stephen Vogt and Marcus Semien – over three-plus innings after logging at least six innings in seven of his previous eight outings. The five earned were the second-most he’s allowed in his 24 starts. He had thrown 7 1-3 scoreless innings over two previous appearances versus Oakland.
Billy Butler is 1 for 15 in his last four games but 3 for 5 off Hahn.
Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is expected to be back in the lineup after sitting out Wednesday with a cut on one of his fingers.