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The Boston Red Sox have won five straight as they get ready to
face a pitcher working on two days’ rest.
Jerome Williams failed to get through two innings three days ago
and will be back on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels on
Saturday night at home.
Boston (54-34) opened a 10-game trip with a 6-2 victory Friday.
David Ortiz had a pinch-hit two-run homer after Shane Victorino
scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on a dropped fly ball
by right fielder Josh Hamilton.
“In the dugout there’s a lot of positive energy,” manager John
Farrell said. “Somewhere we’ll find a way to put something
together. It seems like every night there’s someone different.”
The Red Sox have to like their chances in the middle game of
this series against Williams (5-4, 3.89 ERA), who gave up a
season-high seven runs over 1 2-3 innings of a 12-2 loss to St.
Louis on Wednesday.
With starters Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas on the disabled
list, manager Mike Scioscia opted to bring Williams back after that
“I wasn’t a pitcher, but I would think you’re chomping at the
bit to get out there and get another shot at it after you’ve
struggled,” Scioscia told the Angels’ official website.
Williams’ lone outing on two days’ rest came April 19, 2005,
when he allowed four runs over four innings for San Francisco in a
5-2 loss at San Diego. That came after a 23-pitch relief appearance
and not a start.
The right-hander said he threw 200-pitch bullpen sessions when
he pitched in Taiwan.
“I’m just going to go out there and throw,” Williams said.
“That’s my job. I did it numerous times in Taiwan, independent
ball. Whatever they need me to do to help, I’ll do it.”
Williams has posted an 8.31 ERA against the Red Sox in three
career appearances, giving up three runs over three innings of a
7-2 loss in relief June 8. His lone start against them came in
Ortiz figures to be back in the lineup, and he’s 3 for 5 with
two homers off of Williams. Former Angels slugger Mike Napoli is 6
for 14 with two homers against him.
Hamilton is hitting .382 during a 10-game streak for Los Angeles
(41-45), which has dropped two of three following a seven-game win
Star center fielder Mike Trout is batting .409 in 10 career
games against the Red Sox.
Trout is 4 for 10 against Ryan Dempster (5-8, 4.11), who has
yielded three or fewer runs in seven straight outings as he
prepares for his fifth road start in 18 total.
Dempster is 1-2 with a 9.15 ERA in four starts against the
Angels after allowing three runs over six innings of a 10-5 victory
Albert Pujols homered off him in that game, and he’s 21 for 60
with eight home runs against Dempster – the most the hurler has
allowed to anyone.
Pujols, though, is enduring a 12-game homerless drought in which
he is 6 for 49.