BY: John Mamola
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made a quick exit for Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Cesar Ramos by scoring two runs in each of the first three innings to pull away early and head to a 6-0 win on Saturday night. Ramos’ 1 1/3 innings pitched on Saturday night will likely be his final start for the Rays this month as Alex Cobb is expected to return to the ballclub next week.
As both teams celebrated Armed Forces Day by wearing uniforms with camo accents, the Angels offense wasted no time revealing it’s power as they jumped all over Ramos and the Rays in the very first inning. Howie Kendrick led off the scoring for LA with an RBI single giving the Angels an early 1-0 lead. Eric Aybar added another run on a sacrifice fly making it 2-0 as Ramos departed the first inning after 25 pitches.
The Angels added two more in the bottom half of the second inning on a Mike Trout sacrifice fly and an Albert Pujols ground-rule double to make it a 4-0 lead. Ramos night would end before Trout took his place in the batters box as Joe Maddon used an early hook on the 29-year-old right hander. Ramos finished after an inning and a third charged for four runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Brandon Gomes came in for the Rays was not effective early as Los Angeles tagged two more runs on their lead in the third inning on a Grant Green two-run home run making it 6-0 Anaheim.That was all the offense Angels’ starter CJ Wilson would need as he pitched a gem against the Rays allowing no runs on five hits and striking out seven. It was Wilson’s first complete game shutout of the season as he was effective when the Rays did threaten getting Tampa Bay to ground into three double plays on the evening.
The Rays will look for the split of the series tomorrow afternoon as David Price will pitch against Matt Shoemaker. You can catch all the action on WDAE (620AM/95.3FM) beginning at 3:00pm with the pregame, and a 3:35pm first pitch.