By: Kyle May
The Angels stepped it up this weekend and performed in a series that matters… a lot. Entering the series, the Angels trailed the Rangers by 3 1/2 games for the second AL wild card spot, with the Twins sandwiched in between. After winning today”s rubber match, the Angels have trimmed the Rangers’ lead to 2 1/2 games.
Mike Scioscia earned his 1,400th regular season win this afternoon with help from Hector Santiago’s 6 innings of 1-hit baseball, and Mike Trout’s 1st homerun in 27 games.
After today’s game, Santiago improved to 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA against the Rangers this season. Despite allowing only 1 hit, Santiago walked a career high of 6 batters. He also fanned 3 batters. This was Santiago’s first win in 7 weeks. In his 8 starts prior to pitching today, Santiago had an atrocious 0-5 record to go along with a 6.46 ERA.
Mike Trout hit his 34th homerun of the season, but only his 1st in the last 27 days.
The Angels’ bottom third of the order batted .727 today (8-for-11) and scored 5 of the Angels’ 7 runs. David Freese was 3-for-4 and scored 2 runs. Carlos Perez was 2-for-3 and scored 3 runs. Taylor Featherston was 3-for-4 and did not score any runs.
The Angels roughed up Colby Lewis yet again this season. He is 1-3, with an 8.31 ERA in 4 starts versus the Angels this season. He allowed 7 runs (6 earned) in 5 innings of work. Lewis (14-8) still is 1 win away from setting a career high in wins for a single season.
Rougned Odor’s double and Shin-Soo Choo’s single were the only hits that the Rangers were able to get today. However, the Rangers reached base 6 times via walks, all off of Santiago.
What is next for these clubs?
The Angels will host the Dodgers on Monday to kick off the Freeway Series. Rookie Nick Tropeano (1-2, 5.51 ERA) will oppose Zack Greinke (15-3, 1.59 ERA) in game 1. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PT.
The Rangers will travel up to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Mariners. Yovani Gallardo (11-9, 3.27 ERA) will get the ball in game 1 for the Rangers. The Mariners will send Roenis Elias (4-7, 4.35 ERA) to the mound in game 1. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:40 PT.