The 6-foot-4 rail-thin rookie threw hard Tuesday night and held the
"Obviously, it's a little bit sweeter, but I had to execute my pitches just like a normal start, and luckily I came out and I did that," Bridwell said. "It worked in my favor."
The win extended an impressive run for Bridwell, a 2010 draft pick by Baltimore. He improved to 6-1 with the Angels, whose fire also materialized with the ejections of
But the bottom half of the lineup provided the balm. Struggling
Scioscia said they used Middleton because they want fresh arms, especially with
"His stuff's electric," Scioscia said of Middleton. "I think he's got back-end-of-the-bullpen-type stuff, and right now there's definitely an opportunity. … What he did tonight was a step in the right direction."
Bridwell started with four scoreless innings and escaped the fifth inning with one run allowed after he gave up hits to the first three batters, including a hard-hit double by Seth Smith. Bridwell retired the next three hitters thanks to a deft, inning-ending catch by Cameron Maybin in left field.
"That was huge," Bridwell said. "It's a normal occurrence every time I pitch, someone makes a play like that."
The Angels struck first on Cron's single through the third-base hole that scored Andrelton Simmons in the second inning.
Scioscia said Pujols raised his hands at the bat rack.
"He just raised his hands and got thrown out," Scioscia said. "I think it was an overreaction from Ramon. It's an important [point] of the game. He certainly wasn't up at the front step yelling at him or drawing attention."
The win eased the testiness. And in the bigger picture, pitching help could be on the way with
Scioscia left open the possibility that Heaney's next start could be with the Angels but that he was still being evaluated in his minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Yunel Escobar was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a mild Grade 1 oblique strain and is expected to miss about two to three weeks. Valbuena has been the primary backup at third base, but Scioscia said they'll "mix and match" in filling that spot, possibly with Kaleb Cowart, who has started one game at third but played there in the minors. Valbuena is hitting .189 after Tuesday and hasn't cracked .200 since mid-May. ... Andrew Bailey (shoulder) has shown improvement during his rehabilitation assignment but will continue to be evaluated this week. … Matt Shoemaker had season-ending surgery to release the radial nerve in his right forearm. … Right-hander Eduardo Paredes was recalled.