May 14: Angels (21-18) 3, Phillies (17-21) 0
Behind Garrett Richards’ seven shutout innings, the Los Angeles Angels blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Wednesday. Richards gave up just five hits and struck out eight in the game to stay perfect at 4-0 on the year.
The Angels did all of their damage offensively in the first three frames. L.A. scored solo runs in each inning off of RBI hits from Raul Ibanez in the first, Efren Navarro in the second and Erick Aybar in the third.
Albert Pujols and Mike Trout paced the Angels offense with three total bags apiece. L.A. did all the little things as it added three stolen bases and a pair of two-out RBIs in the game.
Meanwhile, Richards held the Phillies’ bats at bay as he scattered the five hits in the first, fourth, sixth and seventh frames.
On the hill for the Phillies, veteran A.J. Burnett gave up all three runs in his five innings of work.
The Philly bullpen did its job, not allowing a single run and just one hit the rest of the way. Burnett gave up seven hits, walked five and struck out six in his third loss of the year. Burnett looked good on the mound but wavered a bit with command. His five walks shot his pitch count up to 113 and sent him to an eventual early exit.
The Phillies did threaten in the sixth against Richards as they got two runners in scoring position with just one out in the frame. Jimmy Rollins singled with one out, followed by a Chase Utley double. With the potential tying run at the plate in the form of slugger Ryan Howard, Richards struck out the big lefty on five pitches for the second out of the inning. He then got Marlon Byrd to pop out into foul territory to end the threat.
Closer Joe Smith earned his fifth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth frame. He did the job in an efficient manner as he threw only 11 pitches — nine of which were for strikes.