"I don't even remember that game, man," Richards said. "That was a month ago."
To refresh: Four batters in, Richards gave up two singles, a walk and a grand slam to Brandon Moss. The A’s loaded the bases again with two singles and a walk, and Richards walked
“After that Oakland start, it took him maybe 24 hours to regroup and get on a mission,” Manager
In five June starts since that debacle in Oakland, Richards has gone 4-0 with a 1.06 earned run average, allowing four runs and 20 hits, striking out 35 and walking 11 in 34 1/3 innings.
The 26-year-old right-hander, who combines a 96-mph fastball -- the highest average velocity in the major leagues -- with a sharp breaking ball, has thrown at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs and four hits in each of his last five starts, the longest such streak in Angels history.
Richards allowed two runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday night, striking out five and walking five, to improve to 8-2 with a 2.76 ERA on the season.
"He was a little erratic but made pitches when he had to," Scioscia said. "A lot of pitches, he was just missing with, but his stuff is electric and is going to play. His breaking ball wasn't as much of a factor, and he was behind on a lot of counts, but the ball was coming out hot with good movement.
"I tell you what, it's tough not to go out there with confidence with his stuff. If I had his stuff, I'd be confident every night that I could challenge hitters."
A superb June, combined with several dominant games in April and May, probably solidified a spot on the