BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : ANGELS
Manager Doug Rader and pitching coach Marcel Lachemann said they are inclined to stick with rookie pitcher Joe Grahe through his next turn, despite his poor outing Friday.
“I’d like to think it was just one of those days,” Rader said Saturday, the day after Grahe gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings of a 5-3 loss. “But we certainly can’t put up with that (repeatedly).”
Grahe, one of four pitchers who have combined to go 1-13 in the fifth- starter’s spot, is 0-4 with a 10.47 ERA as a starter.
Dave Parker turned 40 this season, and for much of the year, he has looked it.
But after hitting .215 through his first 79 games, Parker has hit .291 in his past 28, raising his average to .235 before Saturday’s game.
And he is on a pace to fall only about five home runs and 15 runs batted in short of 20 home runs and 90 RBIs.
He had 11 homers and 53 RBIs for the Angels after 115 games, which projects to about 15 homers and 75 RBIs.
“I think I’ll be there,” Parker said. “I might even surpass it. (But) it’s not a vintage Dave Parker year.”
His 82 strikeouts project to 115, and his .235 average would surpass his career low of .253 in 1987 if the season ended today. He hit .277 over the past two seasons with Oakland and Milwaukee.
Parker, chasing 3,000 hits, says he still intends to play two more years.
“It might not be here, but I’ll play somewhere,” he said.
Catcher Ron Tingley left Saturday’s game and was replaced by Lance Parrish after bruising his right thumb while sliding into second during the second inning. He was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays.