ANAHEIM -- Though the Angels have managed three wins in their past five games, they've done so in spite of their offense.
They scored just nine runs in five games entering Sunday's finale with the D-backs, but it isn't though the Angels (35-31) aren't getting chances. During the five-game stretch, the Angels had only four hits in their last 40 at-bats with runners in scoring position. And of those four hits, the Angels have plated runners with just two of them. That's two run-scoring hits in their last 40 at-bats with a man on second and/or third.
Though they haven't been successful recently when they've had chances to score runs, struggles with RISP are nothing new for the Angels. Their .242 average with RISP ranks 19th in the Majors and 12th in the American League.
Angels pitchers are throwing well, despite any help from the offense, which is something manager Mike Scioscia has noted after nearly every game since the team returned from hitter-friendly Coors Field in Colorado.
"We had a lot of chances and couldn't get a couple of runs across and give [Ervin Santana] a little breathing room," Scioscia said after Santana's one-hit shutout in the Angels' 2-0 win on Saturday.
"We just had Dan [Haren] pitching with his back against the wall too much," he said after the Angels' 5-0 loss on Friday.
"We're struggling. We were fortunate we pitched well," he said after a 2-1 win against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Mark Trumbo said the Angels have just run into a string of sharp pitching, which has led to their lack of success on offense. But he said it's simply a rut the offense will find itself on the other side of soon enough.