In a way, Friday night was all that Garrett Richards wanted for so long. In another, it was none of it.
Richards did what he waited 17 months to do, dueling with Justin Verlander, carrying a shutout two-thirds of the way through the game. Then, minutes after his predetermined exit, the Angels renounced their grip on a scoreless tie and lost a game they had to win to remain relevant in the halting wild-card race.
“What are you gonna do?” Richards asked. “Verlander was good too.”
After their 3-0 loss to Houston before a loud crowd of 34,127 at Minute Maid Park, the Angels’ postseason dreams are nearing hopeless territory. Losers of five straight and under .500 for the...