Wednesday, July 6, 2011
For the first time in 39 years...
By Mark Saxon
The Angels pitching staff has a chance to do something none in Anaheim has done since 1972. If Tyler Chatwood and the bullpen can hold the Detroit Tigers to one or zero runs today, the Angels will have gone an entire five-man turn in their rotation allowing one run or fewer.
The last time the Angels did that, Nolan Ryan, Clyde Wright, Andy Messersmith and Rudy May were the team's starters. May pitched the first game of that run, on Sept. 24, and the fifth.
This current run of dominance started with Jered Weaver's masterful outing against the Dodgers Saturday and ended with Dan Haren's more-masterful outing against the Tigers Tuesday night.
How good was Haren? It was only the third time in team history that an Angels pitcher has allowed two or fewer hits, no walks, at least nine strikeouts and completed the shutout, according to Elias. The other guys to do it were Mike Witt in his 1984 no-hitter and John Lackey in his 2006 one-hitter.