But Kohn, on his 35th pitch of the inning, left an 0-and-2 fastball up, and Josh Donaldson lined it into center field for a run-scoring single to give the
"Any time you get a hitter 0 and 2, it's the time to put him away -- I didn't do my job there," Kohn said. "I didn't elevate the pitch high enough. I have to get it higher than his chest. I left it belly-button middle, and he put a good swing on it."
The loss, only the Angels’ seventh in their last 25 games, put a damper on another encouraging performance by
Richards, who has solidified a rotation spot for next season, mixed a 94-mph fastball with a sharp-breaking slider and a bigger-breaking curve to strike out six and escape two-on, two-out jams in the fourth and fifth innings and a runner-on-second, no-out jam in the sixth.
“He’s maturing,” Manager
Richards, who twice bounced back and forth between the bullpen and rotation this season, said he is learning to sharpen his focus in tense spots.
"I'm just worrying about the next pitch, trying to execute pitches," Richards said. "I don't get discouraged when guys get on base. I believe in myself and know that I can work through it. I feel like I've made some major strides this year in a positive way. I'm getting experience and feel good about where I'm at right now."