Richards stumbles in opener with Tigers
Three-run sixth and final inning sours Angels righty's night
Garrett Richards picked the wrong night to be average. On the other side was Max Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, and four runs allowed in six innings just wasn't going to cut it. "When you know they have their best guy going on the other side, you're trying to match him pitch for pitch, inning for inning, run for run," Richards said after the Angels' 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Thursday.
"I was just trying to hang with him and give us a chance to win." Instead, the Angels lost for the fourth time in seven games to begin the second half, falling three games back of the A's in the AL West for the first time since July 10.
Their offense put together a three-run inning in the fifth, getting an RBI infield hit from C.J. Cron and a two-run single from Kole Calhoun to take a 3-1 lead. But Richards gave it right back in the next half-inning, which began with back-to-back singles from Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, an RBI double from Torii Hunter and a two-run double from Nick Castellanos. Read more...
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