Astros vs. Angels: Sunday's preview and lineups

Astros vs. Angels: Sunday's preview and lineups
August 18, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Brett Oberholtzer takes the mound on Sunday at Angel Stadium for the Astros, who are going for their second series win on their current road trip. Houston’s nine-game road trip began with a series win at Oakland. Sunday is the rubber game with the Angels, who won late Saturday night 6-5 on Josh Hamilton’s walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning. Oberholtzer (2-1, 2.57 ERA), who began his Astros career in the bullpen, will oppose LHP Jason Vargas (6-5, 3.86 ERA). Oberholtzer is the second pitcher in franchise history to pitch at least 6 2/3 innings while allowing two or fewer runs in their first three major league starts, joining LHP Randy Niemann in 1979. The last major leaguer to reach those requirements was RHP Jose Contreras of the Yankees in 2003.

Marwin Gonzalez, who was recalled from Triple A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, starts at shortstop, batting ninth. Right fielder L.J. Hoes, who has been batting at the lower end of the lineup, is hitting from the second spot. Jake Elmore is playing second base while Jose Altuve is the DH. Left-handed hitting Brett Wallace, who had a home run among his three hits on Saturday, has the day off. Switch-hitting Robbie Grossman, who had three hits last night, bats leadoff. Since his recall from Triple A Oklahoma City on July 27, Grossman has 16 hits in his 19 games, hitting .355 with three home runs and a .402 on-base percentage. For the Angels, Mike Trout, who played left field in the first two games of the series, is playing center field. Prior to Saturday night, the Astros had won five straight games at Angel Stadium, the longest win streak by a visiting team at the ballpark since Tampa Bay won six straight from July 28-Aug. 19 last season.



Here are Sunday’s lineups:


Astros (40-82)


  1. Robbie Grossman LF
  2. L.J. Hoes RF
  3. Jose Altuve DH
  4. Chris Carter 1B
  5. Carlos Corporan C
  6. Matt Dominguez 3B
  7. Brandon Barnes CF
  8. Jake Elmore 2B
  9. Marwin Gonzalez SS

LHP Brett Oberholtzer (2-1, 2.57 ERA)



Angels (55-67)

1. J.B. Shuck LF

2. Collin Cowgill RF

3. Mike Trout CF

4. Mark Trumbo 1B

5. Erick Aybar SS

6. Josh Hamilton DH

7. Chris Nelson 3B

8. Chris Iannetta C

9. Grant Green 2B

LHP Jason Vargas (6-5, 3.86 ERA)





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