Wade Miley

Friday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Wade Miley vs. C.J. Wilson

July 17, 2015 - 4:37 am

In the first outing of a seven-game road trip, the Red Sox will open second-half play against the Angels, trotting Wade Miley to the mound against C.J. Wilson. After giving up more than three runs just once in his previous five starts, Miley took a step back in his outing against the Yankees on Sunday. Lasting 5 1/3 innings, the lefty gave up six earned runs on seven hits with a home run and two strikeouts. He didn't walk anyone and actually ended up reducing his WHIP to 1.43, but the decision bumped his season ERA to 4.80 and his record back to .500 at 8-8. "I just didn't execute pitches at that time at all," Miley said after the start. "I was leaving fastballs over the middle. I know I made a couple of mistakes. I don't know if they were sitting soft, but even the breaking balls, I just didn't get them down, and they were putting good swings on them. ... The execution, it's just a matter of locating a pitch where you want, and I just didn't get it there." The southpaw has faced the Angels just once in his career in an outing earlier this season, during which he threw eight innings and gave up just one earned run on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts. The start was Miley's longest and one of his best on the year, good enough to get him the win back on May 24 when the Sox defeated the Angels 6-1. Wilson also got a trip to the mound opposite the Red Sox this season, posting six innings on May 23 when he surrendered four earned runs on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. The Sox ended up the victors of the game to the tune of an 8-3 score. The loss messed with Wilson's splits against Boston a little bit, but the 34-year-old still has a 2.88 ERA against the Sox with a 6-4 record in 78 innings of work. He's also still holding the Red Sox to a .243/.324/.314 slash line in 23 appearances and has conceded 15 extra-base hits of the 72 hits he's given up in total. That May start included a pair of home runs by the Red Sox as well, marking the first of three multi-home run games for Wilson's opponents this season. In 18 outings, the left-hander has a 7-7 record with a 3.83 ERA. His most recent three starts have all been quality caliber, though he was handed the loss Saturday as the Angels fell to the Mariners 5-0. Los Angeles mustered just four hits of support for Wilson's 6 2/3 innings and three earned runs allowed, though the pitcher had some trouble, issuing four walks and nailing Robinson Cano with a 90 mph cutter. "You're not going to have your 'A' stuff every night," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Wilson's performance. "And when he is like that, he has the ability to go out there and compete and keep us in games and I think that was one of those nights [Saturday]." Red Sox vs. Wilson (LHP) Mike Napoli (40 plate appearances): .242 AVG/.375 OBP/.576 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 6 RBIs, 4 walks, 10 strikeouts David Ortiz (22): .150/.227/.250, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (12): .333/.500/.667, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Alejandro De Aza (10): .000/.300/.000, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (8): .375/.375/.37, 1 strikeout Brock Holt (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Mookie Betts (5): .500/.600/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Ryan Hanigan (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk Pablo Sandoval (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 2 RBI, 1 walk Xander Bogaerts has two strikeouts in six plate appearances vs. Wilson. Angels vs. Miley (LHP) David Freese (9 plate appearances): .375 AVG/.444 OBP/.375 SLG, 1 walk Chris Iannetta (9): .429/.556/.429, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Johnny Giavotella (5): .200/.200/.200, 2 strikeouts Erick Aybar (4): .250/.250/.250 Kole Calhoun (3): .000/.000/.000 C.J. Cron (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Matt Joyce (3): .000/.000/.000 Albert Pujols (3): .000/.000/.000 Mike Trout (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 RBI Taylor Featherston has one strikeout in two plate appearances against Miley.