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

be seen.

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

about it.”

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.