Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/25/13
Jason Vargas’ four-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night a game in which the Angels left-hander worked quickly efficiently and with pinpoint precision made for an enjoyable evening for catcher Hank Conger. “It’s fun when you can sit back behind the plate put your glove out there and know he’s going to hit the target” Conger said of Vargas who struck out five walked one and threw 110 pitches 68 for strikes. “He changed speeds really well moved the ball in and out and really did a good job.” Vargas didn’t overpower the American League West-winning A’s with his fastball which tops out at 88 mph but he kept them off balance with an excellent changeup and breaking ball. “He can give you three or four looks on each count” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “The command and arm speed of his changeup is exceptional but he also has a heck of an angle on his fastball away and got it into good spots and he mixed his breaking ball in. He knows what he’s doing out there.” Vargas faced only two batters over the maximum and was aided by some fine defense. The Angels turned two double plays center fielder Josh Hamilton threw out Alberto Callaspo trying to stretch a single into a double in the eighth and first baseman Mark Trumbo made a diving stop of Josh Reddick’s grounder down the line to start the ninth. Vargas who missed two months from mid-June to mid-August because of a blood clot in his armpit which was surgically removed is 9-7 with a 4.01 earned-run average in 23 starts. He is scheduled to pitch the season finale at Texas on Sunday and will be a free agent this winter. Asked if he’d like to return to the Angels Vargas said “Yeah that would be ideal but we have a few more games to play. We’ll figure it all out.”
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