Garrett Richards earned the second save of his major league career on Friday, recording the final five outs to preserve a three-run victory over the Royals.
With Ernesto Frieri likely unavailable, Angels skipper Mike Scioscia opted to leave Richards in to close it out, and he responded very favorably. In his 1 2/3 innings of work, he surrendered just one hit and picked up a pair of strikeouts. He's still unlikely to become relevant in fantasy leagues unless he's moved back to the rotation.
Jason Vargas pitched well in Friday’s victory over the Royals, allowing just two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Vargas also walked four on the night while punching out a pair. Miguel Tejada tagged him for a solo homer in the second inning, and Chris Getz added an RBI single in the fifth, but that was the extent of the damage. He’s been one of the lone bright spots in the Halo’s rotation this season, posting a 4-3 record, 3.43 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He’ll go in search of his third consecutive win when he takes on the Dodgers at home on Wednesday.
Miguel Tejada smacked his second home run of the season in a losing effort against the Angels on Friday.
He finished the night 1-for-3. Surprisingly, Tejada has actually been a fairly useful plater in his limited at-bats, hitting .333/.375/.567 with a pair of homers and seven RBI in his first 32 at-bats. The 39-year old could even be fantasy relevant if he found his way into everyday at-bats.
Luis Mendoza delivered a strong outing in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday, allowing just one run on seven hits over his five frames.
Mendoza struggled with his command a bit, issuing four free passes while striking out two on the night. The only run against him came when Mike Trout scampered home on a wild pitch in the third inning. After a very rough start to the season, Mendoza has posted a 3.52 ERA over his last four outings. He’ll look to get back in the win column when he squares off against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Wednesday.
Marco Estrada tossed seven innings of one-run ball Friday in a 2-1 win over the Pirates.
It was his best start of the season. Estrada held the Pirates to just four hits while walking none and striking out a season-high eight batters. The only run scored on a double by Neil Walker in his final inning of work. Estrada has been inconsistent this season, but he's well worth a look if he's sitting on the waiver wire. He has a promising matchup against the Twins next week.
Francisco Rodriguez replaced an injured Jim Henderson and notched a one-out save in Friday's win over the Pirates.
It was his 295th career save. Rodriguez only threw two pitches after replacing Henderson, as Neil Walker grounded out to end the ball game. The severity of Henderson's injury isn't yet known, but K-Rod could certainly factor in if he requires an extended absence. John Axford could also get another chance at the role.
A.J. Burnett yielded two runs in seven innings Friday in a tough luck loss to the Brewers.
He struck out six and walked two. Burnett's only mistake was a two-run double by Alex Gonzalez in the second inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side. While he took the loss, he has now completed seven innings in five straight starts and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of them. He'll carry a 2.57 ERA into a start against the Tigers next week in Pittsburgh.
Alex Gonzalez delivered a two-run double in Friday's win over the Pirates.
The Brewers couldn't get anything else going against A.J. Burnett and company, but it was enough for the victory. With the double, Gonzalez collected his first RBI since way back on May 2. The 36-year-old infielder is hitting just .188/.217/.248 through 37 games this season and can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.