Angels Ride Garrett Richards Domination to Victory

Garrett Richards - Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels have won a game.

Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 8, Blue Jays 2

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There was a bartender back in the day who told me the most certain thing in all of sports betting and it happened tonight at Angel Stadium:

The best bet is the home-coming dogs.

The Angels had lost a million straight and came back home to the big A minus Scott Downs, Alberto Callaspo, about ten thousand fans in the seats and any chance of postseason play. With nothing to stress about they lit up Josh Johnson with their bats and Garrett Richards lobbied hard to stay in the rotation this season and next.

If you think this pathetic fourth-place shell-of-a-team scoring eight runs was the highlight, consider that the Angels got no hits form Mike Trout or Josh Hamilton, who combined to leave eleven men on base in the game. Trout did walk twice and Hambone had a Sac Fly RBI but the other Angels did the heavy lifting tonight. J.B. Shuck had 3 RBI on a single and two sac flies but the big blast was Mark Trumbo's two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, his 24th of the season.

But the story might really have been Richards. Ignored by the Dipoto regime eager to remake the team in their own image, this former first round pick was the apple of Eddie Bane's eye and broke bats with a movement-heavy fastball all night. Richards struck out four and allowed only two earned runs on four hits and two walks. He did all that with ninety pitches. Perhaps Jerry Dee can reroute his trade charts in the GM war room when he considers there might be a serviceable #4 starter already under cost-controlled bliss in the Los Angeles Clubhouse of Anaheim.

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