Just when Los Angeles’s 25-man roster neared full strength, Tyler Skaggs hit the disabled list Monday with a strained hamstring. News came hours before the Angels’ 4-1 win over Oakland; a season-high fourth in a row.
The victory didn’t come without controversy.
Mike Trout smashed Jesse Chavez’s fifth-inning cutter just above the out-of-town scoreboard, prompting umpires to call a home run. A’s manager Bob Melvin challenged, and ultimately won mainly because fans reached over the railing. Mike Scioscia argued and was ejected from a game for the first time this season.
Trout’s ground rule double scored Hank Conger and gave the Halos a 3-1 lead, giving Garrett Richards more support than he would need. The 26-year-old right hander earned his sixth win in scattering four hits and one run in seven innings, avenging his poor performance in Oakland on May 30; he’s allowed just one run over 15 innings since.
The last time Hector Santiago started, New York shelled for six runs in less than three innings. It was the epitome of Santiago’s time in Anaheim, further emphasized by mediocre play at the Triple-A level. The lefty notched a 6.43 ERA with Salt Lake since his demotion May 21.
If there is a silver lining for Santiago it’s in success against Oakland. The New Jersey-native is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA over the last three starts, including a seven-inning, one-run performance April 14.
Drew Pomeranz was a hard-luck loser last Thursday in the Bronx. He yielded two runs- one earned- with seven strikeouts through seven innings in the Yankees’ 2-1 win. That wasn’t the case a few days earlier against the Angels.
Oakland won a 9-5 slugfest behind Pomeranz’s 5 1/3 innings of work. He gave up five runs on four hits but notched his first-ever win over the Halos. Angels batters haven’t garnered much success otherwise, compiling a .171/.256/.457 slash line against Pomeranz in two games.
- Last night, Angels pitching snapped the A’s 16-game consecutive home runs streak.
- Oakland pitching lead the AL in ERA (2.91), quality starts (41), and fewest earned runs allowed (188).
- Santiago is looking for his first career win at Angel Stadium after going 0-3 in seven previous appearances.
TV: 7:05 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West, CSN Bay Area
Radio: KLAA 830, 95.7 FM The Game (Oakland)