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It's a tactic pitchers sometimes use to throw off the timing of hitters, much like a batter will step out of the box to throw off the rhythm of a quick-working pitcher. Umpires rarely enforce the rule, but if it was a football game, Feldman would have been flagged for a few delay-of-game penalties.
For at least one Angel, though, Feldman's style is preferable to a pitcher who approaches the game as if it was a two-minute drill.
"I'd rather have that than to get Buehrle'd," catcher
"It's tough as hitters because we can't really dictate the pace of play. As catchers, we like to have our pitchers work fast because it helps the fielders behind them."
Angels hitting coach Dave Hansen said the biggest challenge when facing a pitcher like Feldman, who entered Tuesday with a 2-1 record and 2.63 earned-run average, is to not allow his pace to frustrate you.
"We have to make adjustments to tempo all the time, and a pitcher working extremely slow is one of them," Hansen said. "You can start thinking too much. We need to be able to react. It's important to control our emotions at the plate. That's the cat-and-mouse game."
There is no 12-second rule when runners are on base, so hitters have to be extra patient in those situations.
"With guys on base, he has every right to take as much time as he wants, and there's nothing we can do about it," Angels Manager
The Angels did just that Tuesday night, roughing up Feldman for eight runs — though five were unearned — and nine hits in four innings of a 9-3 victory in
Mike Trout, who started at designated hitter, drove in three runs with a second-inning sacrifice fly and RBI singles in the fourth and fifth but was pulled for a pinch-runner in the fifth becuase of tightness in one of his legs. Scioscia would not elaborate on his condition.
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