Brid­well beats his old team


Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Cur­tis Zupke Twit­ter: @Cur­tisZupke

Picked up from Bal­ti­more in April, he goes seven in­nings to im­prove to 6-1.

Parker Brid­well worked fast and with pur­pose, as if he wanted to dis­pose of his for­mer team as quickly as pos­si­ble.

The 6-foot-4 rail-thin rookie threw hard Tues­day night and held the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles to one run in seven in­nings of a 3-2 win in his first start against the team that traded him to the An­gels for cash con­sid­er­a­tions in April.

“Ob­vi­ously, it’s a lit­tle bit sweeter, but I had to ex­e­cute my pitches just like a nor­mal start, and luck­ily I came out and I did that,” Brid­well said. “It worked in my fa­vor.”

The win ex­tended an im­pres­sive run for Brid­well, a 2010 draft pick by Bal­ti­more. He im­proved to 6-1 with the An­gels, whose fire also ma­te­ri­al­ized with the ejec­tions of Al­bert Pu­jols and man­ager Mike Scios­cia in the sixth in­ning.

But the bot­tom half of the lineup pro­vided the balm. Strug­gling Luis Val­buena dou­bled in the go-ahead run in the sev­enth in­ning. C.J. Cron fol­lowed with his sec­ond RBI sin­gle of the game for a 3-1 lead. Re­liev­ers Cam Be­drosian and Key­nan Mid­dle­ton nar­rowly fin­ished the game — Mid­dle­ton sur­ren­dered a two-out home run to Caleb Joseph but earned his first ma­jor league save as the An­gels ended a three-game los­ing streak.

Scios­cia said they used Mid­dle­ton be­cause they want fresh arms, es­pe­cially with Blake Parker and Bud Nor­ris “up there an aw­ful lot” with their work­loads.

“His stuff’s elec­tric,” Scios­cia said of Mid­dle­ton. “I think he’s got back-end-ofthe-bullpen-type stuff, and right now there’s def­i­nitely an op­por­tu­nity. … What he did tonight was a step in the right di­rec­tion.”

Brid­well started with four score­less in­nings and es­caped the fifth in­ning with one run al­lowed af­ter he gave up hits to the first three bat­ters, in­clud­ing a hard-hit double by Seth Smith. Brid­well re­tired the next three hit­ters thanks to a deft, in­ning-end­ing catch by Cameron May­bin in left field.

“That was huge,” Brid­well said. “It’s a nor­mal oc­cur­rence ev­ery time I pitch, some­one makes a play like that.”

The An­gels struck first on Cron’s sin­gle through the third-base hole that scored An­drel­ton Sim­mons in the sec­ond in­ning.

Bal­ti­more’s Jeremy Hel­lick­son re­tired 13 of the next 14 bat­ters, capped by a check-swing strike­out by Pu­jols. Pu­jols raised his arms in dis­be­lief at first base um­pire Ra­mon De Je­sus and was soon tossed out for the first time this sea­son and eighth time in his ca­reer.

Scios­cia said Pu­jols raised his hands at the bat rack.

“He just raised his hands and got thrown out,” Scios­cia said. “I think it was an over­re­ac­tion from Ra­mon. It’s an im­por­tant [point] of the game. He cer­tainly wasn’t up at the front step yelling at him or draw­ing at­ten­tion.”

The win eased the testi­ness. And in the big­ger pic­ture, pitch­ing help could be on the way with An­drew Heaney in his re­turn from el­bow lig­a­ment re­place­ment surgery.

Scios­cia left open the pos­si­bil­ity that Heaney’s next start could be with the An­gels but that he was still be­ing eval­u­ated in his mi­nor league re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sign­ment.

Gar­rett Richards con­tin­ues to throw short bullpen ses­sions. Scios­cia cau­tioned that it’s a grad­ual ramp­ing up but also said that, in a Septem­ber sit­u­a­tion, with the An­gels in a play­off chase, he would con­sider Richards ini­tially re­turn­ing for a short start.

Short hops

Yunel Es­co­bar was placed on the 10-day dis­abled list with a mild Grade 1 oblique strain and is ex­pected to miss about two to three weeks. Val­buena has been the pri­mary backup at third base, but Scios­cia said they’ll “mix and match” in fill­ing that spot, pos­si­bly with Kaleb Cowart, who has started one game at third but played there in the mi­nors. Val­buena is hit­ting .189 af­ter Tues­day and hasn’t cracked .200 since mid-May. ... An­drew Bailey (shoul­der) has shown im­prove­ment dur­ing his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sign­ment but will con­tinue to be eval­u­ated this week. … Matt Shoe­maker had sea­son-end­ing surgery to re­lease the ra­dial nerve in his right fore­arm. … Righthander Ed­uardo Pare­des was re­called.

Jae C. Hong Associated Press

AN­GELS LEFT FIELDER Cameron May­bin holds up the ball af­ter rob­bing Manny Machado of a hit.

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