So what if five of his seven starts this season have come against former All-Stars, two of them
"When he's out there, he feels like he's Nolan Ryan," Manager
Shoemaker added Texas right-hander
Shoemaker, who signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and opened the season as a long reliever, is 5-0 with a 2.66 earned-run average as a starter, holding his own against the likes of
"It doesn't really come into play except in the aftermath," Shoemaker said of beating the game's best pitchers. "It's pretty cool. Those guys have done a lot for this game, and hopefully I can be in their shoes some day. It's definitely something I savor."
Darvish began the game with a 7-3 record and 2.39 ERA this season, and a 7-1 record and 3.82 ERA in 11 starts against the Angels. He gave up four runs in the fourth inning on C.J. Cron's leadoff home run, his third in three games,
But it was the Angels' first-inning run, on a controversial violation of the home-plate collision rule, that generated the most conversation.
Calhoun took off for second base on an
Darvish retrieved the errant throw and tossed to catcher Chris Gimenez, who had little time to adjust his positioning at the plate on the quickly developing play. Calhoun was tagged out, but replay officials in New York deemed the catcher in violation of Rule 7.13 because he blocked the plate without the ball.
"That was an instinctive play," said Manager
"What's the catcher supposed to do? Look down at his foot and make sure he's on a certain side of the plate so he gives him a lane, all while something is going on? There's no way he can do that."
Calhoun said Gimenez was "right on the plate," leaving him no choice but to slide into the catcher.
"I couldn't go inside, I couldn't go outside, and the catcher is supposed to give you a lane with the new rule," Calhoun said. "Hopefully, you make contact and put the call in their hands."
The play was tame compared to some of the violent collisions Scioscia, the former Dodgers catcher, absorbed, but whether there was intent to block the plate, the manager felt the right call was made.
"It's a new world for plays at the plate," Scioscia said. "As a catcher you have to give the runner a lane before you have the ball, and I think that was clearly the case here.