The Angels came into Sunday’s rubber match with Detroit having committed nine errors all season. They made three on one play in the Tigers’ 2-1 victory.
Hector Santiago battled in and out of trouble all day, allowing four walks while striking out seven. An early lead- Howie Kendrick’s RBI single- was short lived as Santiago walked Ian Kinsler on four pitches in the bottom of the first, setting the table for Miguel Cabrera.
The reigning AL MVP forced a 3-2 count and took a changeup for ball four. Angels’ catcher Hank Conger thought it was a strike and attempted to nab Kinsler advancing to second. The ball sailed over second base and into center field where Mike Trout overthrew the cutoff man. Kinsler rounded third while Santiago tried cutting him off at home, only Conger couldn’t handle the throw.
Santiago wasn’t charged with the run, but it set the tone for Detroit’s victory. They received another gift on Conger’s second throwing error. Austin Jackson- Santiago’s responsibility-teased Kevin Jepsen and Conger tried to pick him off, but overthrew Pujols at first base. Jackson reached second and subsequently scored on Nick Castellanos’ single up the middle. The Angels committed a season-high four errors and gave up two unearned runs.
Rick Porcello allowed three first-inning singles, but just two hits from that point on. Angels’ batters didn’t have an answer for the sinkerballer and continued to struggle with runners in scoring position; going 1-for-11 with RISP and left eight men on base.
The Halos head into an interleague series with the Washington Nationals losing four of their last six games. Four of those five losses were decided by one run.