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This visit to Dodger Stadium works out better for Angels' Tyler Chatwood

Rookie pitcher beats the host team, but his previous time on the mound there, with his high school team in a championship game, wasn't so memorable.

June 25, 2011|By Baxter Holmes
  • Angels starter Tyler Chatwood gave up one run in seven innings to beat the Dodgers, 6-1, Saturday.
Angels starter Tyler Chatwood gave up one run in seven innings to beat the… (Jeff Gross / Getty Images )

Tyler Chatwood first pitched in Dodger Stadium in 2008.

Then, he took the mound for Redlands East Valley High in a Southern Section championship game.

All he remembers is that his team lost and that he pitched five or six innings.

But in his first return since, the 21-year-old Angels rookie picked up a victory, giving up one run in seven innings to beat the Dodgers, 6-1, Saturday.

He threw three perfect innings to start and, even after giving up a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning, kept mowing down the Dodgers.

"The first three innings, Tyler Chatwood looked as good as any pitcher in our league," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "His stuff was really coming out hot."

Chatwood (5-4) was called up in April from triple-A Salt Lake but said he still has the jitters when he starts. Why?

"Because I still want to go out there and compete every day," Chatwood said. "If you get comfortable, you might get a little lackadaisical sometimes."

Outfielder Vernon Wells praised the youngster's ability.

"He's one of those rare guys that can come out and pump strikes and it's going to be hard for guys to make consistent contact against him because he's got such good stuff," Wells said.

Point well taken

On Friday, the Angels delivered a tutorial on how not to run the bases.

Six of their runners were thrown out in an 8-3 victory over the Dodgers.

Who's the team's baserunning coach, anyway?

"I take full responsibility for that," Sciosia said.

Was that game an anomaly or what?

"It's the most bizarre baserunning game since we've been here, and we're about as aggressive as you can get," Scioscia said, "so hopefully it's an anomaly."

Scioscia said they addressed some issues, which included runners being too aggressive and too tentative.

"The focus it takes for baserunning is every bit as intense as it takes to do anything else in this game, and I think guys just got out there and were a little lazy," Scioscia said.

What's his name?

Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela was in the Angels dugout before Saturday's game, chatting it up with Scioscia.

Scioscia, in turn, shared with reporters this story about Valenzuela.

"We're having this meeting with an umpire — he's an old-time umpire — and we're talking about all the pitchers, talking about their balk moves," Scioscia said.

"He goes, 'Yeah, like Orlando over there, the way he does it.'

"And so Fernando goes, 'My name no Orlando. My name Tampa.' "

Short hops

Angels outfielder Torii Hunter sat out his second game this season because of bruised ribs, but he could be available to play defense Sunday. Hunter, who bruised his ribs while running into a wall to make a catch Wednesday, said, "The day after, that was the worst pain I've had in all my years."

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