Richards allowed a run-scoring single to Micah Johnson in the second inning and another run to score on an error by Erick Aybar in the fourth. He surrendered two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out two over 4 2/3 innings pitched. He has allowed seven runs over 11 2/3 innings through three starts this spring.
Richards fired two scoreless frames to start the game before surrendering a two-run double to Didi Gregorius and a run-scoring double to Paul Goldschmidt in the third inning. He allowed five runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three over four innings pitched. He has allowed five runs over his first seven innings this spring.
Richards is locked into the starting rotation this season but isn't using his status as an excuse to cruise through spring. "The last two years, I've competed for a spot, so I know what it's like to be on that end of the stick," he told MLB.com. "I still have that same mentality that I do every Spring Training. Just because I'm in the rotation right now doesn't mean that I'll be in the rotation the rest of the year. So, I have to stay sharp to keep competing and continue to improve."
Richards went 7-8 with a 4.16 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 101:44 K:BB ratio in 145 innings over 47 games (17 starts) last season.
However, Dipoto added he would also be satisfied going into spring training with a rotation of
"We do like our pitching staff and the depth we’ve been able to come up with," Dipoto said. "We know there is some uncertainty with a handful of young pitchers as they learn the league, but we believe in their ability.
"The year Hector had last year was pretty good. The second-half surge we saw from Richards was very encouraging. Skaggs is a 22-year-old who has done what he can in the minor leagues, and we believe he’s ready for opportunity."
Richards took the loss to finish his season at 7-8 with a 4.16 ERA. He gave up six runs Saturday, though only three were earned, on six hits and one walk over just 4 1/3 innings. He threw 76 pitches and struck out two batters.
Richards, 25, struggled in his final two outings for the Angels. He gave up 13 runs -- 10 earned -- on 14 hits over just nine innings in back-to-back losses. Richards did have a three-start winning streak in early September. He will fight for a rotation spot next season.
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|2010||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||4||1||3.97||7||7||0||0||0||34.0||38||17||15||4||1||9||41|
|2010||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||8||4||3.42||19||19||2||0||0||108.0||92||48||41||6||3||34||108|
|2012||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||7||3||4.21||14||14||0||0||0||77.0||87||36||36||5||6||35||65|