Angels 5, Brewers 1
Garrett Richards certainly pitched well enough to warrant a spot
in the Angels’ rotation. Whether there is room for him remains to
Richards worked into the seventh inning, the longest outing by
an Angels pitcher this spring, to lead a Los Angeles split squad
over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Saturday.
The right-hander allowed one run and three hits over 6 1-3
innings in his fourth Cactus League outing and second start. He
struck out five and left to a big ovation.
”You couldn’t ask for much more than the way he’s pitched,”
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ”There’s no doubt that his
stuff plays well in the major leagues. We’ll see how everything
plays out. Garrett is putting himself in a great spot, whether it’s
in the bullpen or in the rotation.”
Richards, who turns 25 in May, went 4-3 with a 4.69 ERA for the
Angels in 2012. He appeared in 30 games and made nine starts.
Richards and Jerome Williams are projected to be the odd men out
of the rotation after the Angels acquired Tommy Hanson, Joe Blanton
and Jason Vargas during the offseason to complement holdovers Jered
Weaver and C.J. Wilson.
”I felt I’ve done everything I can possibly do,” Richards said
when asked if he thought he’d make the team. ”I’m figuring it out.
I’m happy with where my delivery is right now.”
A day earlier, Scioscia said he wasn’t completely satisfied with
his rotation at this stage of the spring. Los Angeles starters have
an ERA above 7.00.
Richards allowed a triple to Jean Segura leading off the fourth.
Segura scored on Aramis Ramirez’s double.
Brewers starter Marco Estrada worked five innings, allowing two
hits and two earned runs.
Estrada, who was 5-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 29 appearances (23
starts) with Milwaukee last year, walked three and struck out four
in his fifth appearance and fourth start of the spring. He was
questionable with a stomach ailment before the game.
”I felt that my rhythm was starting to come back,” Estrada
said. ”I hate walking people. The first inning I was a little out
of whack, but I felt a lot better after. I had body aches two days
ago. The body aches are over with. My stomach is uneasy, but it
didn’t affect me too much. The adrenaline got going and I forgot
The Angels scored two runs in the first. Mike Trout led off with
a single and Erick Aybar walked. Trout scored on a passed ball, and
Howie Kendrick tripled in Aybar.
Estrada pitched for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic this
month. Last season he recovered from an 0-5 start and went 5-2 with
a 2.03 ERA over his last eight starts.
”I think he pitched very well,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke
said. ”Coming in I didn’t think he was going to get past an inning
or two. But once he got to the bullpen he was fine.”
NOTES: Before the game, the Brewers optioned RHP Michael
Olmstead to Triple-A Nashville.