Tag:Jerome Williams
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:23 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Williams' gem leads Angels

Jerome Williams

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jerome Williams, Angels: Williams was one of three pitchers to take a no-hitter into the sixth inning along with Oakland's Guillermo Moscoso and Philadelphia's Roy Oswalt, but neither of those pitchers was pitching for such high stakes. With the Rangers losing earlier in the day to the Rays, the Angels took the field Wednesday night knowing they could make up ground on their rivals in the only real playoff race left. Williams retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced before Seattle's Trayvon Robinson homered to lead off the sixth inning and put Los Angeles in a 1-0 hole. It looked as if Robinson's stellar start would go for naught until the Angels rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to give Robinson and the Angels the 3-1 victory and to pull to 2.5 games behind the Rangers. Robinson's homer was the only hit the Mariners would record, as Williams struck out five and walked one.

Mark Reynolds, Orioles: Reynolds struck out four times (fun stat for the guy who's always sitting next to me at baseball games, strikeouts are worth one out, just like any other way a player makes an out), but with two outs in the 11th inning, Reynolds came through against Hector Noesi with an RBI single to give Baltimore a 5-4 victory in the Bronx.

Carlos Pena, Cubs: Pena was hitting just .135 off of left-handed pitchers and Reds lefty Bill Bray had limited left-handed hitters to just a .188 batting average this season -- so Dusty Baker's decision to replace Logan Ondrusek with Bray was sound. It just didn't work. With the game tied at 3 and one on and one out in the eighth inning, Pena caught up to Bray's first-pitch slider that didn't slide and put it on Sheffield Avenue for a 6-3 Cubs victory. Pena has five home runs and 16 RBI against the Reds this season.

A.J. Burnett, Yankees: As far as Burnett starts go, the Yankee whipping boy wasn't too bad on Wednesday, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking four. No, those aren't great numbers, but it's certainly good for Burnett this season. However, he did make history -- and not the kind he'd like -- on Wednesday with three wild pitches. It was the eighth time he's recorded at least three wild pitches in his career, the most in the modern history. Nolan Ryan, Phil Niekro and Tommy John all had seven games with three wild pitches, which is pretty decent company. Burnett has 23 wild pitches this season, the most in baseball.

Daniel Bard, Red Sox: Thanks to Bard, Tim Wakefield failed in his eighth attempt at his 200th career victory. With Boston leading 8-6 in the eighth inning, Bard hit the first batter he faced and after loading the bases and recording two outs, he gave up the lead by walking Eric Thames and Jose Bautista to tie the game. Matt Albers then came in to relieve Bard and gave up a three-run double to Edwin Encarnacion, who drove in five in the game to give the Jays the lead for good. Wakefield wasn't great, allowing five runs (four earned) and three hits in five innings. He walked three and hit two more, but was in line to record the W.

Orlando Cabrera, Giants: Many around the Bay Area are wondering why Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with Cabrera over rookie Brandon Crawford at shortstop everyday. It didn't get any better in the team's 3-1 loss to the Padres on Wednesday. In the eighth inning, Cabrera dropped an easy popup behind the infield by Wil Venable, who later scored on a Cameron Maybin triple to give San Diego a two-run cushion going into the ninth with closer Heath Bell on the mound. It was Cabrera's fifth error in 30 games with the Giants. He's also struggling at the plate, going 3 for 28 in the team's last 10 games, including an 0-for-3 night on Wednesday.

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 10:59 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 10:59 pm

Giants called Jerome Williams 'Jeremy'

By Matt Snyder

This season, Angels pitcher Jerome Williams re-emerged in the big leagues for the first time since 2007. He's thrown 17 2/3 innings for the contending Angels and is a pretty good story. It's possible the Angels actually know his real name, too, which would set them apart from the 2003-2004 Giants.

You see, the Giants actually thought his name was "Jeremy." Being that it started when Williams was a rookie in 2003, he was too bashful to point out the error, so it continued for two seasons.

"I just rolled with it. I was a rookie and I didn’t want to tell anybody cause I was scared," Williams told Angels Blog, noting that "everybody" called him Jeremy.

He later rectified the situation by telling pitching coach Dave Righetti what his actual first name was.

“I just told Righetti one day. I’m doing a bucket, and I’m like Rags, we need to talk about something," Williams said to Angels Blog. "He’s like, ‘What?’ Ummmm. What’s my name? He’s like, ‘Jeremy.’ Ummmm. No. It’s not, actually.  It’s actually Jerome. He’s like, ‘so for a couple years I’ve been calling you Jeremy and it’s not even your name? Why didn’t you correct me?’ I told him the same: I was scared. ‘What were you scared about?’ I don’t know. And he slapped me.

It's interesting that the Angels are involved in a story like this -- though this time on the right end -- because they erroneously called Kendrys Morales "Kendry" for years until he spoke up this past offseason.

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:31 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 10:32 pm

Chatwood booted from rotation, Williams to start

ChatwoodBy Evan Brunell

The Angels have optioned struggling starter Tyler Chatwood to the minor leagues and recalled catcher Hank Conger.

Chatwood's (pictured) demotion isn't surprising thanks to his atrocious 68/63 K/BB ratio, but he skated through his first 19 starts before entering a rough stretch over his last four starts, losing them all while giving up 18 earned runs in 19 innings, allowing four homers while punching out 10 and walking seven.

Prior to the move, skipper Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times that "Tyler is having some issues with fastball command. He was in pitcher's counts for only a couple hitters" against the Rangers on Tuesday, when he gave up five runs in two-plus innings. Chatwood figures to be back in September, but for now will head to Triple-A to try to get his season back on track as the flagging Angels, losers of five straight entering play Thursday, look to get back on track.

Recalling Conger was one step forward, although it gives the team three catchers. The rookie backstop hit .214/.297/.357 in intermittent playing time for Los Angeles this season across 173 plate appearances before being demoted to Triple-A. There, he hit .300/.375/.490 with five home runs in 27 games, proving that he does have something to offer the Los Angeles offense. While Conger's defense isn't up to Scioscia's lofty standards, the Angels need his bat.

Replacing Chatwood in he rotation, meanwhile, is Jerome Williams who will be making his first start since 2007 when his turn comes up Sunday. Williams, who pitched on Wednesday in relief for the first time since 2007, was a former top prospect with the Giants before flaming out of baseball and touring through the minors, independent leagues and overseas.

Dropping weight and rededicating himself, Williams had a 3.91 ERA over 73 2/3 innings for Triple-A, striking out 60 and walking 15, while throwing the hardest he has in four years. Williams didn't shy away from the perception that he was lazy earlier, which affected both his production and his job prospects.

"I was young. I felt invincible. Obviously, I wasn't," Williams said. "I relied on talent then. I have to show people I've changed. I'm older. I know more about baseball and life."

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