Here JC Ramirez had been something of an unexpected bright spot in the Angels’ patchwork rotation.
Alas, then came Thursday night, and out went his surprising dominance.
Ramirez gave up a three-run homer to Justin Upton in the first inning and a two-run homer to ex-Angel Andrew Romine in the second and the Detroit Tigers strolled to a 7-1 victory.
Ramirez, 28, had spent his entire career in the bullpen until the Angels placed him in their patchwork rotation last month. In his previous four starts the hard-throwing Ramirez sported a 2.28 ERA, struck out 27 and walked seven.
He did settle down after the second inning, at one point retiring 10 consecutive batters, but...