Jerome Williams lasted 5.1 innings in his Phillies debut Tuesday night and for a while he seemed capable of keeping his new club in line for a win against one of his former clubs.
Then, the sixth inning happened as the Angels hit around to put up seven runs and go on to win 7-2.
The Angels had been struggling offensively, but perhaps a seven-run sixth inning was all they needed to get back on track.
Enter Antonio Bastardo. Exit Phillies lead.
Bastardo only made it through a third of an inning, but the Angels batted around. The lefty reliever gave up four hits and five runs, four of them earned. Ten of his 19 pitches were strikes, but the Angels seemed to like the pitch placement as they took the lead emphatically by a score of 7-2.
Williams left the game hoping the bullpen would seal the deal and he’d get his third win of the season. It would’ve meant one win with each of the three teams he’s played for in 2014.
“I don’t think it’s like an audition or anything like that,” Williams told the Phillies’ official website. “The only thing I’m thinking about is performing. Whatever the team asks me to do I’ll do.”
Both clubs honored the late Jim Fregosi, who passed away in February, before the game. Fregosi managed both the Angels and Phillies.