By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JUNE 21, 2002
GAME 70 - ANGELS AT BREWERS
MILWAUKEE -- All of his teammates have made a big joke out of the fact that Ramon Ortiz ended last season claiming to be 26 before immigration officials discovered his actual age to be 29.
But the Angels' pitcher has truly grown up.
Ortiz pitched another strong game Friday night, holding the Milwaukee Brewers to two runs in seven innings in the Angels' 11-4 victory before 20,289 at Miller Park.
Ortiz gave up another home run -- he's allowed a major league-leading 23 -- but it came with nobody on base. Nineteen of the 23 have been solo homers, including Robert Machado's on Friday.
That in itself is a sign of Ortiz's maturity, something that had been the missing link to his development as a pitcher. Unlike past seasons, Ortiz will challenge hitters in an effort to avoid walking them. He walked one on Friday while striking out seven.
``He doesn't want to walk anybody,'' Angels...