Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker picked up his 14th victory of the season Sunday, tying the franchise rookie record for wins, per MLB Stat of the Day. Shoemaker's 14 wins tie him with Dean Chance (1962), Marcelino Lopez (1965) and Frank Tanana (1974).
Shoemaker pitched seven scoreless innings against the slumping Oakland Athletics in an 8-1 victory that completed a four-game sweep of the second-place A's. The rookie right-hander made six starts in August, earning five wins while losing just one game. He also picked up a sixth victory in a relief appearance Aug. 9, when the Angels outlasted the Boston Red Sox in a 19-inning game.
Including Sunday's effort, Shoemaker finished August with three consecutive starts of at least seven innings pitched without allowing any earned runs. According to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, the last time any Angels pitcher put together such a streak was 41 years ago, when Rudy May accomplished the feat with three consecutive complete-game shutouts from April 23-May 4, 1973.
The 27-year-old Shoemaker has burst onto the scene in 2014, having made only one major league appearance before this year. His 14 wins this season are second on the club behind Jered Weaver's 15, and his 3.14 ERA is second only to Garrett Richards' 2.61 mark.
Shoemaker will likely have five chances to take sole possession of the franchise rookie wins record, with the first opportunity scheduled for Saturday at Target Field against the Minnesota Twins.
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