Ricky Nolasco pitches three-hitter in Angels' 4-0 victory over the Mariners

Ricky Nolasco pitches three-hitter in Angels' 4-0 victory over the Mariners

There was no hint, no indication, that Ricky Nolasco would suddenly morph into the dominant right-hander who went 4-2 with a 1.47 earned-run average in his final six starts of 2016 for the Angels.

It just happened, in the same way a bloop hit will sometimes spark a hot streak for a slumping hitter, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for an injury plagued rotation in need of a shot in the arm.

Nolasco threw his sixth career shutout and 12th complete game Saturday night, surrending just three singles, striking out seven and walking none in a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium.

Nolasco’s previous shutout came last Aug. 31 against the Cincinnati Reds. Before Saturday, the longest start of the season for any Angels pitcher was seven innings.

Martin Maldonado was walked intentionally to load the bases. Rzepczynski threw a wild pitch that allowed Escobar to score, and Revere grounded out to first with Valbuena scoring for a 4-0 lead.

(Why?)

Published at Sun, 02 Jul 2017 05:05:00 +0000

Ricky Nolasco pitches three-hitter in Angels' 4-0 victory over the Mariners

There was no hint, no indication, that Ricky Nolasco would suddenly morph into the dominant right-hander who went 4-2 with a 1.47 earned-run average in his final six starts of 2016 for the Angels.

It just happened, in the same way a bloop hit will sometimes spark a hot streak for a slumping hitter, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for an injury plagued rotation in need of a shot in the arm.

Nolasco threw his sixth career shutout and 12th complete game Saturday night, surrending just three singles, striking out seven and walking none in a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium.

Nolasco’s previous shutout came last Aug. 31 against the Cincinnati Reds. Before Saturday, the longest start of the season for any Angels pitcher was seven innings.

Martin Maldonado was walked intentionally to load the bases. Rzepczynski threw a wild pitch that allowed Escobar to score, and Revere grounded out to first with Valbuena scoring for a 4-0 lead.

(Why?)

Published at Sun, 02 Jul 2017 05:05:00 +0000