KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s now official: Tyler Skaggs loves Kauffman Stadium.
Before the Angels’ lefty pitched against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, he said he had good feelings about this ballpark because it’s where he pitched a gem in his return from Tommy John surgery last July.
After tossing another seven scoreless innings here, including a career-high-equaling nine strikeouts, it’s now a trend.
“I love this place,” Skaggs said. “I always have a good feeling here. Just good vibes when I take the mound. It takes me back to a good place in time for me.”
Skaggs said that his 2016 game in Kansas City was the highlight of his Angels career. After missing nearly two years because of surgery and subsequent shoulder trouble, he returned to blank the Royals last summer, with his friends and family on hand. This time, he came out when the Angels desperately needed a quality start and delivered their best outing of the young season.
Skaggs worked around four baserunners in the first two innings, thanks to three of his strikeouts. In the third, he gave up a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain and then struck out three straight hitters through the heart of the order.
Those were the first of 13 straight hitters Skaggs retired, on his way to becoming the first Angels starter to throw a pitch in the seventh this season.
“He definitely made some adjustments,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “If he can carry that rhythm over, you are going to see a guy who can do what he did today on a consistent basis. That was a terrific outing.”
Skaggs needed a bounceback performance after he had allowed five runs apiece in each of his first two starts.
“It feels great,” he said. “It’s what you want to do every day. You go out every five days and want to put it all together. When you have a bad outing, you have four days to think about how good the next one can be.”
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