Pestano notches three strikeouts in debut

Pestano notches three strikeouts in debut

ANAHEIM -- Reliever Vinnie Pestano made his Angels debut in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Red Sox, striking out three batters and walking another in a scoreless frame.

"I was good to see Vinnie get out there," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We haven't seen him in a couple years, but when he was with Cleveland, this guy was tough. Looks like his velocity picked up a little bit, maybe not where it was a couple years ago, but you could see he has deception. Good to see him get an inning out there."

The Angels added Pestano and righty Caleb Clay to their roster on Sunda, hours after exhausting their bullpen in a 19-inning, 5-4 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night.

First baseman C.J. Cron and right-hander Cam Bedrosian were both optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake, and Tyler Skaggs, who will undergo Tommy John surgery, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Clay.

The Angels acquired Pestano from Cleveland on Thursday in a trade that brought the Newport Beach, Calif., native and Cal State Fullerton product back to Southern California.

In 14 games this season, Pestano has a 4.50 ERA but struck out 16 batters in 10 innings. In Triple-A, Pestano registered six saves and a 1.71 ERA.

From 2011-12, Pestano posted a 2.45 ERA for the Indians in 137 relief appearances.

Clay, meanwhile, has never appeared in a Major League game and spent the first half of this season pitching in South Korea for the Hanwha Eagles.

The Angels signed Clay to a Minor League contract on June 21 after the right-hander went 3-4 with a 8.32 ERA with Hanwha. In Triple-A Salt Lake, Clay went 3-3 with a 3.78 ERA in eight starts over 52 1/3 innings.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.