It was more than six months ago when right-hander Matt Shoemaker had no chance to get out of the way of a line drive. A drive that hit him in the head, required brain surgery and the beginning of a difficult comeback.
His return this season had been of the uneven variety, but Wednesday night he earned his first victory since the injury, the Angels rallying for an 8-5 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Shoemaker had what could be called an interesting night. Each of the innings he worked was something of a struggle, particularly the first three. By the end of the third he’d already thrown 72 pitches.
Yet he left two innings later with a 4-2 lead, and would earn his first...