It had been almost 10 months since the
It was little help: The Angels were shut out for just the second time this season in a 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays.
Yes, Dickey's job seems secure — at least if the challenger is Ebel's knuckler.
“I don't think it's the same class as Dickey’s,” Manager
The Angels have had one of the league's most potent offenses this season. They have been held scoreless just once before Tuesday: a 3-0 loss to the
Dickey, meanwhile, has an earned-run average higher than 4.00 and is walking 3.7 batters per nine innings. The last time the Angels faced Dickey — last September — they tagged him for four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
This time, Dickey’s knuckler weaved and dodged and avoided Angels’ bats. He allowed just four hits and a walk over seven innings and struck out five. The Angels hardly threatened. They had one hit through five innings.
Dickey was able to throw strikes, which forced the hitters to be aggressive. And the knuckler had just enough life to tempt, then betray, batters.
“I felt like I just missed a couple of pitches,” said
After the game,
Which, he said, isn't usually a bad thing.
"I love knuckleball pitchers," Hamilton said. "I just didn't get any hits today."