ANAHEIM -- On Wednesday morning, Angels right-hander Alex Meyer and Nationals center fielder Brian Goodwin met at the Filling Station Café in Orange, Calif., for breakfast. Meyer and Goodwin were both drafted by the Nationals in 2011, and while their paths don't cross often, they remain good friends.
Meyer treated Goodwin by picking up the check. Hours later, Goodwin returned the favor by breaking up Meyer's no-hitter with a two-out double in the sixth inning of the Angels' 7-0 win over the Nationals at Angel Stadium.
"I'll have to talk to him about that," Meyer said.
Goodwin's hit ended up being the Nationals' only one of the night, as the 27-year-old Meyer tossed seven brilliant innings to lead the Angels to their eighth shutout of the season, securing a split of their two-game series with Washington. Meyer, who walked one and struck out seven, needed only 88 pitches to get through the longest and best outing of his career.
"That lineup is packed," manager Mike Scioscia said. "To get through seven innings and give up one hit and one walk and command counts the way he did, that says a lot about his upside and his potential."
Meyer took a perfect game into the fifth inning before Anthony Rendon, another first-round pick of the Nationals in 2011, reached base on a two-out walk. Meyer said Rendon missed breakfast because he slept in until "about 1 o'clock."
Meyer spent only one season with the Nationals organization before he was traded to the Twins in exchange for Denard Span in November 2012. Injuries and command issues caused his stock to drop in Minnesota, but his power arm intrigued the Angels, who acquired him from the Twins along with Ricky Nolasco as part of the Hector Santiago trade last summer.
"I always thought he had great stuff," Goodwin said. "Even when he was with us, he pitched his tail off, just like he did tonight. I guess he looks a little more crafty now. Definitely able to do more with the ball, be more precise with it. But you knew when we got him there was a reason we got him so early."
Meyer has shown flashes of brilliance over his short career, but his command issues have often stalled his ascent. Two weeks ago, the Angels demoted Meyer to Triple-A Salt Lake over the All-Star break to have him work on some things, including getting his 6-foot-9 frame more in sync. Meyer made one start in Triple-A and allowed three runs in five innings, but he also recorded his best ball-strike ratio of the season, which gave the Angels confidence to insert him back into their rotation on Wednesday.
"I think, mentally, it was like, 'Hey, if you want to stay up here, you need to do a little bit better,'" Meyer said. "That's what I took out of it more than anything. That was big. But I'm definitely happy to be back up here. So hopefully I'll throw well and stay around for a little bit."