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Griffin Canning hopes to build momentum after first win of 2020

It’s his first win since 2019

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Griffin Canning threw five inning of two-run ball on Thursday afternoon. Both him and manager Joe Maddon would have liked him to throw more innings, but he already threw 100+ pitches and was removed after five innings.

“I thought he attacked the zone pretty well,” Maddon said following the game. “He could have pitched deeper but he was really taxed.”

For Canning, it was his first win since 2019, but he was more focused on getting the team victory. When asked about his pitch selection following the game, Canning said that his new curveball is becoming his new “go-to” pitch. In addition to throwing the new curve, ge said mixing in his changeup is crucial to keep the hitters honest.

“Just mixing things up and keeping them off certain pitches,” he said.

Canning said the main reason he struggled with his pitch could was his inability to finish hitters off. Throughout the first five innings he went deep in numerous accounts and had a good number of 3-2 counts. That’s an easy way to run your pitch count up.

“Something to keep working on and getting quick outs and innings,” he said when asked what he can improve on. “Force early contact. It is what it is and I’ll look at the positives for my next start.”

Monday morning news:

  • David Fletcher struggled in his first two games back off the Injured List, going 1-for-10. Since then, he’s gone back to being good ole Fletcher. Over his last three games he’s gone 7-for-15, looking like the hitter he did before his injury.

“He’s slowly getting back,” Maddon said. “We’ll take a rusty David Fletcher. He does so many things well. He’s a QB on the field. We have him and [Andrelton Simmons], that’s as good as it gets.”

  • The Angels have yet to announce their Sunday starter