Garrett Richards looked every bit like an ace last night. He tossed his first complete game shutout in a career-making 5-0 win over the Dodgers.
Richards scattered five hits while striking out nine in his first-ever victory of the cross-town rivals. Los Angeles never advanced past second base and didn’t record an extra-base hit, going 0-for7 with runners in scoring position.
The Angels pegged Richards with a 4-0, first-inning lead, more than enough in facing Zack Greinke. Albert Pujols and Mike Trout tagged the former Halo for RBI doubles while Josh Hamilton launched a sixth-inning solo home run into Dodger Stadium’s center field grand stands.
It may have been the most complete victory of the season for the Angels. They capitalized on multiple mistakes form Greinke and shortstop Hanley Ramirez to rile off their fourth victory of the road trip. More importantly, they kept pace with division-leading Oakland.
Runs won’t come as easy in the Freeway series’ second game as the Halos take on another former Cy Young winner.
Hector Santiago’s struggles in Anaheim have been well documented. He lost his first seven outings as an Angel before a trip to Triple-A Salt Lake rejuvenated his season.
The southpaw has won three straight decisions and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs since a July 5 start against Houston. He pitched two innings in relief in the Angels’ hard-fought, 13-inning victory over Baltimore last Thursday, escaping two-on, two-out situation in the bottom of the 12th by striking out Jonathan Schoop.
Santiago only has one relief appearance against the Dodgers under his belt holding them hitless through 1 1/3 innings.
Clayton Kershaw is vying to become the Majors’ first 14-game winner. He’s thrown complete games in three of his last four starts and hasn’t lost since May 28. If the Angels get scoring opportunities, they will be few and far between.
Kershaw holds a 2-2 record and 3.74 ERA in five starts against the Angels, though they haven’t squared off since 2011. Still, he’s held American League opponents to two runs through 16 innings this season.
- The Angels hold a 57-40 advantage over the Dodgers in regular season meetings.
- Mike Scioscia earned his 1,300th managerial victory last night.
- Chris Iannetta is the only Angel to have homered off Kershaw.
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