Los Angeles Angels: Joe Saunders
June, 16, 2012
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ervin Santana went into Saturday night's game wondering whether he needed a solid start to hold on to his spot in the Angels' rotation. He left it wondering what might have been after taking a perfect game into the bottom of the seventh before surrendering a sharp single up the middle to Arizona's Justin Upton with two outs.
In all, Santana retired the first 20 batters he faced Saturday night. He finished with a one-hit, complete-game gem.
The Angels got all the offense they needed in the top of the first from left fielder Mark Trumbo, who connected on his team-leading 15th home run with a two-run shot to left field.
Anaheim managed eight hits and two runs off former Angel Joe Saunders in his first game against his former team since a July 2010 trade. Torii Hunter and Howie Kendrick each went 3-for-4, but the Angels left 10 runners on base and could never crack open a bigger lead.
Santana smooth. Santana has been inconsistent this year to say the least. One game, he's good; the next, he's all over the place. On Saturday night, he was masterful. The occasionally brilliant right-hander retired the first 20 batters he faced and finished with a one-hit, complete-game gem.
Trumbo connects again. Trumbo connected on his 15h homer of the season. He's hitting .338 with four doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 22 RBIs over his past 19 games.
Howie & Hunter. So much for that little slump Kendrick was in. Kendrick and Hunter both went 3-for-4 on Saturday night. Kendrick, who mashed two doubles, has hit in 20 of 22 games against National League opponents. Hunter continues his sizzling June after being named co-player of the week last week.
Trout's gone fishin'. After being named the American League's player of the week last week, rookie Mike Trout has hit the skids. Trout is just 1-for-17 with five strikeouts over his past four games following a breakout first week of June in which he went 13-for-25 with two doubles, four RBIs, 10 runs scored and four stolen bases in six games.
Pujols. After having his eight-game hit streak snapped Friday night, Albert Pujols again couldn't find his way on base. While he hit two line drives on the button, he hung another 0-for-4 on the scorecard and is now 1-for-11 over his past three games.
Ducks on a pond. The Angels were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position Saturday and left 10 runners on base.