Tommy Hanson — remember him? — struggled in four regular-season starts for triple-A Salt Lake after being demoted by the Angels on Aug. 12, going 0-2 with a 5.49 earned-run average, 15 strikeouts and six walks in 19 2/3 innings.
But the 27-year-old right-hander pitched effectively in a Pacific Coast League playoff game Thursday night, allowing three earned runs and three hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking two in Salt Lake’s 5-4 win over Las Vegas.
“He felt good with a lot of things,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Hanson, whose fastball sat in the 90-mph range. “His velocity was a little more consistent, more along the lines of where it needs to be.”
Hanson, who missed five weeks in the first half on baseball’s bereavement and restricted lists, was 4-3 with a 5.59 ERA when he was sent back to the minor leagues for the first time since 2009, when he was with Atlanta. He allowed 14 earned runs and 18 hits in 14 2/3 innings of his last three starts.