Everybody deserves a second … or third … or fourth chance.
Griffin Canning, after some disappointing outings as a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, got another opportunity on Tuesday and came through in the Halos’ 6-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in Anaheim.
Canning, who had a 12.34 ERA in four previous turns, struck out seven batters over six shutout innings.
“I didn’t put any bigger expectations on it,” Canning said. “It was just kind of nice to see the work that I’ve been doing each week come to fruition and kind of see it happen. It’s not gonna always be like that, but just something I can build off, for sure.”
The victory improved the Angels’ record to 56-53, still in third place in the American League West. Even more important, perhaps, is that it kept the Orange County team in contention for the second AL wild card spot. They trail the Oakland A’s by 5.5 games.
Canning got support from Matt Theiss, who had a two-run home run and drove in another run with a single.
The Angels are back in action today (Wednesday) with Jose Suarez (2-1) getting the start in the 1:07 p.m. game at the Big A. Thursday is a travel day, and the team will start a three-game series in Cleveland on Friday.
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