American League Game Summary - Oakland at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Tuesday, May 15th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Oakland 0
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Ervin Santana tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings
and the Los Angeles Angels blanked the Oakland Athletics, 4-0, to earn a split
of a short two-game series at Angel Stadium.
Santana (2-6) scattered four hits and walked three while striking out nine.
Scott Downs got the final out in the eighth and the first two hitters in the
ninth before Ernesto Frieri struck out Kurt Suzuki to end the game.
"I felt great today, I had good command. It is much easier when you have run
support," said Santana. "My first inning was tough and then I felt better
after that. I threw strikes and tried to stay ahead of the hitters."
Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored, Albert Pujols
had three hits for the first time since April 19th and added two RBI and
Alberto Callaspo had an RBI double among his two hits for the Angels, who had
lost three of their last four games.
Cliff Pennington and Kila Ka'aihue each ripped doubles for the A's, who have
dropped two of their last three games.
Bartolo Colon (3-4) allowed four runs on 12 hits without walking a batter and
fanning three in defeat.
Los Angeles opened the scoring in the third inning with a two-out rally. Trout
got things started with a single back through the box and Callaspo followed by
slicing a double down the right field line that brought home Trout for the
first run of the inning. Pujols then ripped one to short that couldn't be
handled by Pennington, and Callaspo scored to make it 2-0.
The Angels tacked on a run in the fifth. Trout slapped a one-out single into
left, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error by Suzuki before
crossing home on an infield single by Pujols.
Oakland put together a threat in the sixth when Jemile Weeks looped a base hit
to right with one out and stole second before Pennington walked to put runners
on first and second with two outs. Santana then walked Josh Reddick to load
the bases, but he recovered to strike out Seth Smith and keep the A's off the
"Ervin pitched well today," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "After the third
inning, because of the shadows, we couldn't see the spin on the ball. He kept
us off balance."
Los Angeles added another insurance run in the seventh when Trout led off the
inning by turning on a middle-in fastball from Colon and sending it over the
wall in right-center field.
The A's fell to 8-5 in the month of May and 9-13 in games decided by more than
two runs this season...Los Angeles improved to 15-4 when scoring four-or-more
runs...Santana improved to 14-4 in his career against Oakland, while Colon
fell to 9-6 in his career against the Angels...Oakland went 0-for-9 with
runners in scoring position and stranded eight, while Los Angeles was 3-for-4
with men in scoring position and left seven.
05/15 22:34:53 ET