Michael Roth promoted to majors, earns win in Angels debut

nwhite@thestate.comApril 14, 2013 

Former USC pitcher Michael Roth

C. ALUKA BERRY — caberry@thestate.com

Following in the footsteps of former South Carolina teammate Jackie Bradley, Michael Roth made the jump from Double-A to the major leagues.

USC’s former ace left-hander was called up Saturday by the Los Angeles Angels from the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League and went on to earn the win in Saturday night's game against Houston.

Roth pitched two perfect innings in the eighth and ninth frames, striking out four and earning the win as the Angels rallied in the ninth to beat the Astros 5-4.

Roth, a Greer native, wore No. 51 on Saturday.

A ninth-round pick in the 2012 MLB draft, Roth, 23, has 27 innings of minor league experience, having pitched last season for the Orem Owlz, an Angels’ rookie-league affiliate in Utah.

Roth had one outing for Arkansas this season, picking up a win against Midland for five innings of scoreless work. Bradley, an outfielder who played with Roth from 2009-11 at USC, started this season with the Boston Red Sox after playing Double-A last season.

Roth finished his college career as one of the best pitchers in both South Carolina and College World Series history. He went 26-6 with a 1.91 ERA in the previous four seasons with the Gamecocks, which included a 4-0 mark with a 1.49 ERA in a record 60 1/3 innings over a record eight starts and two relief appearances in Omaha.

The Angels placed right-hander Kevin Jespen and shortstop Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Roth and outfielder J.B. Schuck.

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