ANAHEIM -- Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen threw one scoreless inning in the Angels' 9-7 win against the Orioles on Thursday night in his first appearance since his callup. He set down the top of the Baltimore lineup -- Xavier Avery, J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters -- in order.
But after a 2010 campaign that saw him throw a career-high 59 innings with a 3.97 ERA, Jepsen hasn't quite been the same pitcher.
He threw seven innings this season in April but gave up three runs in one outing and four in another, which ballooned his ERA to 10.29. He appeared in just 16 games in 2011 and had a 7.62 ERA.
"A little frustrating to see a guy that did so much for us a couple years ago, and his stuff is there, not contributing what he's capable of doing," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But last night, he went after a few tough hitters, too, and really pitched well."