The Angels got another win out of Joe Saunders, but his work was sufficiently sloppy that I do wonder whether the effects of his cortisone shot might be wearing off some; he gave up ten hits in five and a third innings, though he only walked one. Fortunately, he dodged trouble pretty well despite his high pitch counts, and the Angels beat up Luke Hochevar
as well, he of the botched attempt to sign by the Dodgers
some years back. That sort of self-absorbed silliness probably ended up hurting him more than it helped him; as it was, he's had two sub-100 ERA+ seasons in a row as a 25- and 26-year-old, and today's game was a great example of why, giving up all seven runs the Angels would score.
The Angels' pen did a serviceable job, with lately absent Jason Bulger pitching
a surprisingly scary two outs (mostly because of his command)* to follow Saunders in the sixth; and Matt Palmer dodged and weaved through a couple hits and a walk in two frames. Jose Arredondo finished the game uneventfully, the best possible outcome for him.
And not a single homer for the Angels, which these days is noteworthy.
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