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Emergency starter Nick Tropeano roughed up in Angels’ loss

first_imgThat loss, as it turns out, was doubly crushing for the Angels, because it required them to use scheduled Friday starter Griffin Canning, which in turn meant they had to call up Tropeano to start. Tropeano has slipped far down the organizational depth chart because of injuries and ineffectiveness over the past few years.Tropeano was at one point one of the pitchers the Angels hoped would become a core of their rotation.In his first 25 games with the Angels, from 2014-16, he posted a 3.81 ERA. Then he had Tommy John surgery, followed by continued shoulder trouble, and he hasn’t been the same.Tropeano has been healthy since late April, but his results have been disappointing. In 49-1/3 innings in Triple-A, Tropeano posted a 7.66 ERA. Even adjusting for the extremely hitter-friendly environment of the Pacific Coast League, that’s a disturbing number.Tropeano had pitched two previous games in the big leagues this year, both when circumstances left the Angels desperate for a pitcher. He had allowed eight runs in 8-2/3 innings in those games. PreviousAngels catcher Dustin Garneau looks on as the Orioles’ Trey Mancini, left, is greeted by teammate Jonathan Villar after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels left fielder Justin Upton dives but can’t catch a ball hit for a double by the Orioles’ Anthony Santander during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts on the mound as Anthony Santander #25 of the Baltimore Orioles rounds first after hitting a three run home run in the second inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Dustin Garneau #13 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on as Renato Nunez #39 and Trey Mancini #16 celebrate after scoring on a three run home run by Anthony Santander #25 in the second inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Dustin Garneau #13 and Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels look back before the go on to the field for the start of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels waits for the throw as Jonathan Villar #2 of the Baltimore Orioles is safe at third after he stole second in the first inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Anthony Santander #25 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a double past a diving Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Anthony Santander #25 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a double past a diving Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, hits a triple as Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a triple in the fourth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels staring pitcher Nick Tropeano throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Renato Nunez, left, is informed by second base umpire Jeff Nelson that he hit a three-run home run as he stands on second during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Renato Nunez, right, hits a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau watches during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Renato Nunez, center, is congratulated by Trey Mancini, left, after hitting a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss throws out Baltimore Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson at first during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Jace Peterson, right, steals second as Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons loses the ball during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss, right, hits a two-run home run as Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss, right, is congratulated by Luis Rengifo, left, after hitting a two-run home run as Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco kneels at the plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Mike Trout drops his batting gear at the plate after striking out with a man on base to end the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Orioles at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels catcher Dustin Garneau looks on as the Orioles’ Trey Mancini, left, is greeted by teammate Jonathan Villar after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels left fielder Justin Upton dives but can’t catch a ball hit for a double by the Orioles’ Anthony Santander during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 21Angels left fielder Justin Upton dives but can’t catch a ball hit for a double by the Orioles’ Anthony Santander during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — When the Angels, desperate for a starting pitcher, called on Nick Tropeano to pitch on Friday night, they had two objectives.They needed him to pitch well enough to give them a chance to win, and they needed him to pitch long enough for them to rest their bullpen, giving them a chance to win in subsequent days.At least Tropeano accomplished one of those.Tropeano gave up six runs in the second inning of a 9-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, but he still lasted five innings and allowed most of the other Angels pitchers to get a break after Thursday’s 16-inning loss. Trailing 7-0, Tropeano buckled down after that. He got through the fifth inning, which certainly had to qualify as a victory after the way he started.Justin Anderson and Luís García then pitched two innings apiece to rest the other relievers.The Angels had time to get back in the game, but they did little with right-hander Asher Wojciechowski.Coming off a game in which he’d held the Boston Red Sox to one hit over 7-1/3 scoreless innings, Wojciechowski held the Angels to two runs and three hits in seven innings.The Angels didn’t have a baserunner until Shohei Ohtani’s triple in the fourth, and they didn’t score until Matt Thaiss hit a two-run homer in the fifth.“I thought he looked good,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus. “I thought he had two good breaking balls, the slider and the curve, that are both good pitches. He has enough velocity, certainly, to have an effective fastball. I felt he looked good. I thought he looked particularly tough on right-handed hitters.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img This time, the Angels were desperate again after using Canning for the 15th and 16th innings early Friday morning. Tropeano, who was in Salt Lake City, said he’d gone to sleep and was awakened at 2:30 a.m. with the news that he’d be coming to the big leagues.Tropeano gave up a run in the first without allowing a hit, but in the second he was blasted for six runs.Two of the first three hitters to reach base in the inning were walked. Third baseman David Fletcher then made a backhand stop down the line and tried to get an out at second instead of first, and got no one.Tropeano then allowed a two-run single to Anthony Santander and a three-run homer to Renato Nunez, who went the other way with a 1-and-1 sinker at the knees.“It kind of stemmed from walking people,” Tropeano said. “Two of those walks scored. It gets back to first-pitch strikes, executing pitches and getting behind in the count. … I shot myself in the foot with three walks and a hit by pitch. That’s not a recipe for (success).”Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more