ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When the Phialdephia Phillies called Jerome Williams Sunday to tell him he would start Tuesday at Angels Stadium, the 31-year-old pitcher missed the call. It was his son Tai's fifth birthday; the Williams family visited a water park near Dallas to celebrate.
He threw 60 pitches to complete five scoreless innings against Los Angeles, which entered Tuesday with the second-best record in baseball. Kole Calhoun bashed Williams' 63d pitch for a solo homer, and Ryne Sandberg came with the hook in the sixth inning after the 72d pitch.
Then, Antonio Bastardo set fire to everything in a 7-2 Phillies loss.
Bastardo permitted five runs (four earned) in a disastrous sixth inning. Eleven Angels batted -- Mike Trout struck out twice, and they still bloodied the Phillies for seven runs in the inning. Marlon Byrd did not help Bastardo with two fielding gaffes. Bastardo has a 4.56 ERA.
There was no fault in Williams' effort; the expectations were minuscule.
"He hadn't pitched in about 11 days," Sandberg said. "He got here and threw a side (session) here (Monday). I don't know if it was with a concession man or who he threw the side with. He had somebody catching. Grounds crew? Somehow he got a side in here."
Williams had a 6.74 ERA in 28 games with Houston and Texas. He started twice for the Rangers, a team desperate for arms, and did not last beyond two starts. His ERA was 9.90 in those outings.
He twice struck out Trout on Tuesday. He walked just one batter, Albert Pujols, in a tense first inning. Williams escaped a bases-loaded jam on a 1-2-3 double play when Carlos Ruiz's throw pegged Erick Aybar in the back. (Aybar did not use the runner's lane and was called out.)
Williams, who wears a pink glove to honor his mother, merited another start. The game did not devolve until Bastardo appeared.
Both the Angels and Phillies honored the late Jim Fregosi with a pregame ceremony. Jim Fregosi Jr., flanked by members of his family, threw the first pitch after a video tribute. Players from both teams wore uniform patches to honor Fregosi, whose No. 11 is retired by Anaheim.
Darin Ruf started for the second straight game and reached base three times. He played first base while Ryan Howard served as the designated hitter. ... Outfielder Clete Thomas, who played in 49 games at triple-A Lehigh Valley, was released. ... The Phillies played in Anaheim for the first time since 2003. Their starting pitchers during that season's three-game series were Vicente Padilla, Brandon Duckworth and Brett Myers.
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