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Rough start for Adenhart

Williamsport grad walks five in major league debut; gets no-decision in Angels' 15-8 loss

Williamsport grad walks five in major league debut; gets no-decision in Angels' 15-8 loss

May 02, 2008|From staff reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nick Adenhart, a 2004 Williamsport High School graduate making his major league debut for the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night, allowed five runs on three hits, five walks and a wild pitch in two-plus innings against the Oakland Athletics.

Adenhart got a no-decision, despite a debut effort that left his ERA at 22.50. Oakland won the game, 15-8.

The 21-year-old right-hander, who has replaced Phil Hughes of the Yankees as the youngest player in the majors, was 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA in five starts with the Bees. His overall record in the minors is 32-15.

"I let down the team first. You always want to go out and prove yourself to your teammates and your manager and your coaches," Adenhart said. "I was a disappointment to myself also."

Adenhart pitched a perfect first inning, getting Kurt Suzuki to ground out to third, Mark Ellis to fly out to right and Daric Barton to ground out to short.

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He opened the second by getting Frank Thomas to ground out to third. Emil Brown followed with a single to right and Adenhart then walked Jack Cust on four pitches and Bobby Crosby on five pitches to load the bases.

Adenhart then uncorked a wild pitch to score Brown and move the runners up a base, before walking Jack Hannahan on four pitches to reload the bases. He walked Ryan Sweeney on five pitches to force in another run.

Suzuki followed with a two-run single to left, scoring Hannahan and Crosby to make it 4-0. Ellis hit into a fielder's choice with Suzuki being forced out at second for the second out, and Adenhart got Barton to pop out to third to finally end the inning after facing nine hitters.

Of Adenhart's 37 pitches in the second inning, 24 were balls.

"You knew he really couldn't command his pitches too well, so we were trying to be patient and get on any way we could," Crosby said.

The Angels took the lead at 5-4 in the bottom of the second with a two-out rally against Justin Duchscherer, highlighted by Erick Aybar's three-run homer.

Thomas walked on six pitches and Brown singled to center to open the third and end Adenhart's night. He was relieved by Dustin Moseley, whom Adenhart replaced in the starting rotation after he went 1-2 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts. Moseley gave up a single to Cust that loaded the bases. One out later, Hannahan hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 5-all.

Adenhart was 4-0 with an 0.87 ERA at Triple-A Salt Lake before being promoted to make his debut with the Angels. He pitched on three days' rest Thursday, coming off an eight-inning victory Sunday as Salt Lake defeated Fresno 8-1 in the Pacific Coast League.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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