SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Angels closer Jordan Walden had a rough outing in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Royals at Surprise Stadium.
A really rough outing.
The hard-throwing right-hander came into the game in the sixth, after C.J. Wilson breezed through five innings, then promptly gave up four singles, one double, one wild pitch and was charged with four runs after recording just one out.
"I feel good, but it just shows you I have a little work to do," Walden would say afterward. "I still have to locate the fastball."
Walden, who had given up two runs in four Cactus League innings coming in, couldn't locate much on Tuesday. He hung his developing changeup to Eric Hosmer for a line-drive single, left a few sliders up and struggled with his fastball command.
As manager Mike Scioscia also noted: "It didn't look like he was in sync in his delivery. It looked like he was feeling for some stuff. The ball wasn't coming out like we know it can, and he was missing some spots. He had trouble putting some guys away, and that was what got him today."