Halo Highlights- Santana Shelled as Rangers Blast Five Homers

By Jason Evans

With the trade deadline looming, the cost of a starting pitcher for the Angels may have just gone up after yesterday. Ervin Santana had his worst start of the year, not even lasting two innings, as Texas blasted five homers and won 9-2. Another thing to watch is the condition of Erick Aybar who had to leave the game with an injured foot and is day-to-day.

Jul 21, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starter Ervin Santana (54) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

After two singles and a force out, Michael Young drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single. Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba hit back to back homers to make it 3-0. After a Craig Gentry double, Ian Kinsler drove him home with a double. Two batters later, Adrian Beltre hit a two run double to make it 6-0 and ended Santana’s day. In the third, Napoli hit his second homer of the day. The Angels got a run back when Mike Trout drove a run in with a single. In the fifth, Trout got on with a walk, stole second and Torii Hunter drove him in with a single. In the eighth, Ian Kinsler hit his 11th homer of the year, a two run shot.

The Angels get Dan Haren back on the mound for the rubber game of the three game series as he will take on Matt Harrison. The game is the Sunday night game of the week at 5:05PT/8:05ET. This is a big start for Haren and the Angels moving forward for this year. If his back is healthy and he pitches like the old Dan Haren, it gives the Angels three legitimate starters moving forward.