Ervin Santana was finally rewarded with a victory in his last start for an excellent stretch on the mound.
Rewards usually come fairly easily when facing the Seattle Mariners at home.Santana will try to post another home win for the Los Angeles Angels over their light-hitting AL West rivals on Friday night.The right-hander is 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA in his last nine home starts against the Mariners, and he's surrendered two runs or fewer in six of those outings. Santana took the loss at Seattle on June 15 when he gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of the 3-1 defeat.Santana (4-8, 3.89 ERA) takes the mound after his first win since May 25. He yielded a run and six hits with eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of the 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday.Despite pitching to a 2.30 ERA in his last four starts, Santana only has one win during that span."He's pitched really well every time he's been out there and we haven't really gotten him much run support," teammate Howie Kendrick said of Santana, who was given 15 runs of support in seven starts between wins.Kendrick matched a career high by hitting safely in his 16th straight game as he doubled home a run in the Angels' 5-1 win Thursday. The second baseman is hitting .328 during his run in which Los Angeles (47-42) has gone 12-4.He also has a hitting streak going against the Mariners that stretches back to last Sept. 10. Kendrick is 12 for 33 over the last nine matchups and 9 for 22 (.409) in six games this year.With a .307 average, Kendrick is headed to his first All-Star game next week as a reserve. Jered Weaver may end up starting for the AL squad in Phoenix after tossing a six-hitter for his 11th win."It would be cool, no doubt about it. It would be very gratifying, for sure," Weaver said of the possible start.Brendan Ryan and Franklin Gutierrez each had two hits Thursday for Seattle (43-45), which totaled six and remains last in the majors with a .224 average.The Mariners wasted a solid outing from Doug Fister en route to their fifth loss in seven road games. He gave up three runs over six innings to become the third AL pitcher with at least 10 losses.Following a successful major league debut, Blake Beavan (1-0, 1.29) will make his first road start for Seattle.Beavan, who took over the spot in the rotation left open when Erik Bedard went on the 15-day DL, limited San Diego to a run and three hits in seven innings of a 3-1 win Sunday."I was really impressed with the way he used his fastball, but also the way he mixed it in with the secondary stuff," manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners' official website. "He had to make some pitches at certain points in time in a tight ballgame, and he was very efficient. Can't ask for anything more than that in a debut."The 22-year-old right-hander was acquired last year by Seattle in the deal that sent Cliff Lee to Texas.The Angels have won four straight and 13 of 15 at home against the Mariners.
With No. 1 prospect Mike Trout being called up late last night, 5 of the top 7 prospects entering the season according to Keith Law will have made their MLB debut this season. Both Domonic Brown, the 3rd rated prospect, Eric Hosmer 5th and Dustin Ackley 7th are still in the bigs, while Braves starter Julio Teheran was just brought up for 2 starts.