ANGELS AND A'S ARE EVEN ANGELS 3, OAKLAND 0.
Byline: Joe Haakenson Staff Writer
ANAHEIM - Final score from Angel Stadium: Angels 6, Oakland A's 3.
No, that wasn't the score of Thursday night's game, it was the tally of all three games in the series, capped by Angels right-hander Ervin Santana's gem in a 3-0 shutout in front of 41,633.
The Angels and A's have had the best starting pitching in the American League American League (AL)
One of the two associations of professional baseball teams in the U.S. and Canada designated as major leagues; the other is the National League (NL). this season, statistically speaking, and the past three nights showed it was no fluke. The A's won the first game 2-1, followed by 2-1 and 3-0 Angels victories.
Following outstanding performances by Bartolo Colon and John Lackey John Derran Lackey (born October 23, 1978, in Abilene, Texas) is a major league baseball starting pitcher from Abilene, Texas. He has played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim his entire career. , Santana topped them both with 8 1/3 shutout innings, his bid for a complete-game shutout foiled when manager Mike Scioscia
Santana had made 113 pitches, a total he has exceeded this season only in a five-hit shutout of the Chicago White Sox The Chicago White Sox are a professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From to the present, the White Sox have played in U.S. on May 23.
Closer Francisco Rodriguez Francisco Rodriguez may refer to:
The victory was No. 500 in Scioscia's managerial career, second on the Angels' all-time list behind Bill Rigney William Joseph Rigney (January 29, 1918 - February 20, 2001) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. A native of Alameda, California, he batted and threw right-handed. (625). More important, the victory moved the Angels into a tie with the A's for the American League League West lead - and into a tie with the Yankees for the wild-card lead - with 29 games remaining.
After giving up a leadoff double to Mark Ellis Mark Ellis is the name of:
``From the start of the game warming up, it looked like he had that look, that he was going to go after guys and throw strikes,'' said Angels third baseman third baseman
The infielder stationed near third base.
Noun 1. third baseman - (baseball) the person who plays third base
third sacker Robb Quinlan Robb William Quinlan (born March 17, 1977 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is a Major League Baseball player. He currently plays third base for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Quinlan graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1999, obtaining a degree in marketing and communications. , whose solo homer Noun 1. solo homer - a home run with no runners on base
home run, homer - a base hit on which the batter scores a run in the fourth inning gave the Angels a 2-0 lead. ``He pitched great.''
Santana took a three-hit shutout into the eighth and then found his first trouble of the night.
Nick Swisher doubled, and Adam Melhuse's single put runners on first and third with one out. After a visit from pitching coach Bud Black, Santana (8-6) got Ellis to hit a chopper up the middle that shortstop Orlando Cabrera turned into a 6-3 double play.
``He pounded the strike zone and worked quickly,'' Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy said. ``It's a defensive player's dream. He went after hitters and didn't waste time. He and (catcher) Bengie (Molina) were on the same page all night long.''
The A's are a team known for their patience at the plate, and Santana was aware of it.
``I know that,'' Santana said. ``Because in the minor leagues they do that, too.''
Santana began the season at Double-A Arkansas, but with performances like Thursday's, he isn't going back down, even with Kelvim Escobar nearly ready to return to the roster.
Santana's performance came one start after he was shelled for seven runs and 10 hits against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are a professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida, Florida. The Devil Rays are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From to the present, the Devil Rays have played in Tropicana Field. , which provoked questions that Santana might be tipping his pitches. The A's hitters could find no such clues in Santana's delivery.
``I don't think there was any doubt he would bounce back, if you look at his history,'' Scioscia said. ``He has bounced back and had four or five outstanding starts.''
A's starter Joe Kennedy went into the game 0-6 with a 6.81 ERA in eight career appearances against the Angels, who have been struggling at the plate. Kennedy (3-1) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings took the loss.
The Angels could not have asked for better chances to score early in the game. In the first and third innings, they put runners on first and third with one out and Vladimir Guerrero up. But the 2004 AL MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip. popped out in the first and lined out in the third, failing to get the runner at third home both times.
The Angels didn't come away empty in the third inning. Molina followed Guerrero's lineout with a two-out RBI RBI
runs batted in
Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in single that provided a 1-0 lead. Quinlan's homer doubled the advantage.
Meanwhile, Santana breezed. The only A's hitter to reach base through six innings was Ellis, who doubled in the first and singled in the third. Ellis was sacrificed to third with one out in the first, but the A's couldn't get him home.
After Ellis' single in the third, Santana retired the next 12 hitters in a row.
The Angels added an insurance run in the eighth after Guerrero and Darin Erstad pulled off a double steal. Catcher Jason Kendall's throw to third base to get Guerrero instead hit Guerrero in the hand and the ball deflected into shallow left field. Guerrero scored on the play, despite Kendall's argument that Quinlan interfered on the throw.
Joe Haakenson, (626) 962-8811
2 photos, 5 boxes
(1 -- color) Ervin Santana surrenders six hits in 8 1/3 shutout innings, retiring 20 of 21 batters from the second to seventh inning, as the Angels capture two games in a three-game series to pull even in the AL West and wild-card races.
(2) Robb Quinlan is greeted in the dugout by Darin Erstad (17) after clubbing a fourth-inning homer to give the Angels a two-run advantage.
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