ANAHEIM -- Garrett Richards' flaws and mistakes during his last few games weren't anything new. It's just that it took until his past few starts for them to hamper his results.Richards has struggled with falling behind batters in each of his six starts this season. But in his first three or four starts, manager Mike Scioscia said Richards would come up with that one pitch that would even up a 2-1 or 1-0 count and get him back in the at-bat. He just wasn't able to make those same pitches in his last two starts. "I think the start in Toronto and the start last night, some of his flaws showed up," Scioscia said on Friday. "Some of his flaws showed up in some of the earlier games, but he managed to make pitches to get out of it. He pitched really some terrific games leading up to these last two. He just wasn't able to get back into counts as well as earlier." Though Richards had walked 11 batters through the first three starts of the season, he had surrendered just two earned runs in 20 innings (0.90 ERA). But in his last three outings, the 24-year-old gave up 20 runs (15 earned) on 28 hits and eight walks in 15 1/3 innings. He gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings on Thursday night. Scioscia said he's sure Richards will be back with the Angels at some point, but combine his struggles with the fact that the team was thin and overworked in the bullpen, Richards was the odd man out. "You can see the stuff is there, the talent's there," Scioscia said. "I think that as he gets a little more experience, some of these little flaws will start to evaporate, and he'll become a really, really strong pitcher."
Jepsen looking to find 2010 form
ANAHEIM -- Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen threw one scoreless inning in the Angels' 9-7 win against the Orioles on Thursday night in his first appearance since his callup. He set down the top of the Baltimore lineup -- Xavier Avery, J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters -- in order.But after a 2010 campaign that saw him throw a career-high 59 innings with a 3.97 ERA, Jepsen hasn't quite been the same pitcher. He threw seven innings this season in April but gave up three runs in one outing and four in another, which ballooned his ERA to 10.29. He appeared in just 16 games in 2011 and had a 7.62 ERA. "A little frustrating to see a guy that did so much for us a couple years ago, and his stuff is there, not contributing what he's capable of doing," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But last night, he went after a few tough hitters, too, and really pitched well."
Injured right-hander Jerome Williams, who has been on the disabled list since June 20 while recovering from respiratory problems, went six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits on Friday night in a rehab start at Triple-A Salt Lake. He threw 81 pitches, 52 for strikes in what should be his final outing before returning to the Majors. Catcher Chris Iannetta is continuing his throwing program with the hopes of seeing game action soon. He has been playing catch from 120 feet and needs to throw to bases before he can play in a game. Iannetta has been on the DL since May 10 while recovering from right wrist surgery.
Joe McIntyre is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.