“It started at 6 a.m. in Fresno and ended pretty good,” Bell told the Associated Press of his whirlwind day Monday that ended with him picking up the win in relief in the Angels’ 5-4 victory. “I had to get to the airport pretty early because my flight was at 8. I got to town around 10 o’clock, drove home to see my parents in Burbank and made a 50-minute drive down here. Luckily, I didn’t catch any traffic today. It was intense, but it was fun.”
The situation on Monday was certainly different than his first outing against the Rays, in which he went 5 1/3 innings, as this time Bell appeared out of the bullpen in the top of the 11th inning and faced only one batter.
His strikeout of Evan Longoria to preserve a 4-4 tie score proved to be a critical out for the Angels, as they went on to win the game in the bottom of the 11th on a Juan Rivera sacrifice fly, making Bell the winner.
Bell was right back on the mound the next night, but didn’t fare as well.
He entered Tuesday’s game against the Rays in relief of starter Scott Kazmir to begin the sixth inning with the Angels down, 3-0, and worked around a single and double with two outs to complete a scoreless frame.
In the seventh, however, Bell surrendered a leadoff single and a walk and was pulled before recording an out. He was charged with two runs when Scot Shields allowed a three-run home run to Longoria.
Bell is 1-0 with a 13.50 earned-run average and the Angels are 15-21 for third place in the American League West Division.
Doug Slaten (Glendale Community College, 1999) Washington Nationals relief pitcher: A stellar month in the minors paved the way for Slaten to be called up from triple-A Syracuse on Sunday and the left-handed specialist made consecutive relief appearances for the Nationals on Monday and Tuesday.
Slaten allowed one run on three hits in 1 1/3 innings in his season debut against the New York Mets on Monday, but got the hold in the Nationals’ 3-2 win.