It was an intimidating set of circumstances. The American League leader in home runs allowed had to pitch against the most powerful team in the major leagues, at one of the stadiums most susceptible to home runs.
True to form in the Bronx, the Angels’ homer-prone right-hander Ricky Nolasco surrendered two more home runs, ascending to the major league lead, and bore another loss, 8-4, this one against the New York Yankees.
“He’s given up a lot of home runs, you can’t sugarcoat it,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “But if he was making good pitches and giving up home runs, you would start to be a little more concerned.”
Asked to clarify what he meant, Scioscia said...