September 1, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- The Angels staged an improbable comeback against one of baseball's best pitchers Saturday, scoring four runs in the eighth inning off Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for a 5-2 victory over the Mariners in Safeco Field. Hernandez, the leading candidate for the American League Cy Young Award, was 9-0 with a 1.40 earned-run average in his previous 14 starts, including a perfect game against Tampa Bay on Aug. 15, and he hadn't lost since June 12. But Mike Trout and Torii Hunter sparked the eighth-inning rally with singles, and Mark Trumbo snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single, as the Angels extended their win streak to five, won for the ninth time in 11 games and only the third time in 53 games when trailing after seven innings.
August 28, 2012 |
— Sometimes the pain is so great that the best thing to do is laugh. Saturday in Detroit, members of the Angels' beleaguered pitching staff were lounging together in the clubhouse, watching baseball bloopers on television. Reliever Kevin Jepsen was included in the show, uncorking a wild pitch his catcher couldn't have caught on a 10-foot ladder. Jepsen is a member of an Angels bullpen that has a 6.05 earned-run average with 10 blown saves in 42 games since the All-Star break.
August 27, 2012 |
Ervin Santana kept his demons hidden through five innings. Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder then showed up waving a bat and all you-know-what broke loose again. For the 10th time this season, Santana surrendered multiple home runs, this time consecutive blasts by Fielder and Delmon Young in the sixth inning, and the Tigers beat the Angels, 5-2, at Comerica Park. "Just two mistakes," Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said of Santana's seven-inning outing. "He tried to go down and away and it was down and in, not a good location for Fielder.
August 26, 2012 |
DETROIT - Ervin Santana kept his demons hidden through five innings. Then Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder showed up waving a bat and all you-know-what broke loose again. For the 10th time this season, Santana surrendered multiple home runs in a game - this time it was back-to-back blasts by Fielder and Delmon Young in the sixth inning - and the Tigers beat the Angels, 5-2, at Comerica Park. Tigers starter Max Scherzer (14-6) kept the Angels hitless from the third through seventh innings, striking out nine in his 120-pitch outing to gain the victory.
August 22, 2012 |
Ervin Santana, Angels ace? A month ago, that seemed as unlikely a pairing as Mike Trout, busted prospect, or Mike Scioscia, swimsuit model. Santana was so bad during a four-start stretch in late June and July, going 0-2 with a 13.50 earned-run average, that he was nearly pulled from the rotation. But after pitching aggressively and effectively in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Tuesday night's meeting of Underachievers Not-So-Anonymous in Fenway Park, Santana, who gave up two runs and five hits in 61/3 innings, is clearly the most reliable pitcher in a rotation that has done a late-summer swoon.
August 20, 2012 |
The Angels dusted off the turntable Sunday and gave their broken record another spin, Zack Greinke serving as disc jockey for the latest in a string of shoddy starts by baseball's most underachieving rotation. Greinke, considered the piece that would elevate the Angels to World Series contenders when he was acquired from Milwaukee on July 27, was roughed up for six runs and seven hits in six innings of an 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay, the Rays completing a four-game sweep in Angel Stadium.
August 18, 2012 |
This wasn't what Jered Weaver had in mind when he said in spring training that the Angels rotation, which many thought would be among the best in baseball, "is built off guys trying to outdo each other. " Weaver outdid his buddy, Dan Haren, all right. After Haren was roughed up for five runs in 32/3 innings of Thursday's loss, Weaver was torched for a career-high nine earned runs and eight hits in three innings of Friday night's 12-3 loss to Tampa Bay in Angel Stadium. After solo home runs by B.J. Upton in the first inning and Ben Zobrist in the second, Weaver failed to retire any of the seven batters he faced in the fourth, the Rays using five hits, including Jose Molina's two-run single and Desmond Jennings' RBI double, and two walks to knock out the Angels ace. Weaver (15-3)
August 17, 2012 |
Dan Haren will be skipped in the rotation in Boston next week, but the struggling right-hander will not be removed from the rotation completely. Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that Haren, who was tagged for 10 earned runs and 12 hits in seven innings of his last two starts, both losses, will pitch Aug. 25 in Detroit. Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson will start against the Red Sox in a three-game series that begins Tuesday, and Zack Greinke will start the opener of a three-game series in Detroit next Friday.
August 17, 2012 |
Dan Haren's pride took a hit in July when the durable Angels right-hander went on the disabled list for the first time in his career, ending a run of eight seasons without missing a start. His ego might take the equivalent of a Mike Tyson shot to the solar plexus if he is skipped in or pulled from the rotation, both possibilities after another shaky start in Thursday night's 7-0 loss to Tampa Bay in Angel Stadium. Haren was rocked for five runs and seven hits, including solo homers by Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton, in 32/3 innings, giving the Angels no chance against Rays left-hander David Price, who gave up three hits and struck out eight in seven scoreless innings.
August 8, 2012 |
OAKLAND — Ervin Santana , whose place in the Angels' starting rotation was thought to be tentative, can double the number of victories by Zack Greinke or C.J. Wilson since late June. He will start Friday at home against the Seattle Mariners, seeking his second win in that span. Greinke and Wilson each have one. Santana's numbers still aren't pretty — a 5-10 record and 5.83 earned-run average — but the Angels have won both of his starts since the right-hander was skipped in the pitching order because he had been ineffective.