Tag:Ervin Santana
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:34 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Wilson records first shutout

C.J. Wilson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

C.J. Wilson, Rangers: There's no question that the Rangers can put runs on the board with anyone, but the question is if they have that Game 1 starter in a series to go opposite the likes of CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett or Justin Verlander. Last season the Game 1 starter was an easy decision for Ron Washington, that's what they got Cliff Lee to do. This season it's going to be Wilson, who notched his first career shutout on Tuesday, blanking the Rays 8-0 on five hits, all singles. It was the Rangers' 18th shutout of the season, the most by an American League team since Oakland had 19 in 2002. Wilson is now 15-6 with a 3.13 ERA.

Bryan LaHair, Cubs: Reds starter Mike Leake cruised all game -- going 8 2/3 innings and allowing just one batter above the minimum and one hit. But on a 2-2 count, Starlin Castro hit a nubber down the third-base line for an infield single, bringing up LaHair as a pinch hitter for Darwin Barney. With a 2-0 count, Leake gave the rookie something to hit -- and he did, onto Sheffield Ave. It was LaHair's first homer as a Cub (he hit three in 2008 with the Mariners) after clubbing 38 in the Pacific Coast League this season. LaHair gave the fans at Wrigley Field some free baseball, but in the end, it wasn't enough as the Reds won 4-2 in 13 innings.

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: Going into Monday's game, Troy Tulowitzki was hitting just .113 (6 for 35) against the Diamondbacks this season. After a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Rockies, he hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 8-3 victory at Coors Field. It was Tulowitzki's 30th homer of the season and gave him 103 RBI, a career-high.


Fausto Carmona, Indians: Any hope the Indians had of representing the American League Central in the playoffs were seemingly dashed in Carmona's 1 1/3 innings -- the Indians' opening-day starter allowed eight hits and seven runs in his brief starts as Cleveland lost 10-1 to Detroit at Progressive Field and fell 8.5 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Carmona is now 6-14 with a 5.18 ERA on the season.

Angels defense: After Texas had already won their game, the Angels committed four errors -- three of which led to two unearned runs and an Angels loss to the Mariners. Seattle's Felix Hernandez didn't need more than two runs, as he allowed just one run (unearned as well) on four hits in eight innings for a 2-1 Mariners victory. After a Justin Smoak single to lead off the Mariners' half of the second, Los Angeles third baseman Alberto Callaspo fielded a soft grounder by Miguel Olivo, and instead of taking the sure out at first, he tried to force it to second, throwing the ball in right. Kyle Seager then reached first to load the bases on an error by pitcher Ervin Santana. Trayvon Washington hit a sacrifice fly for the game's first run. Seattle's second run came in the fourth after Seager reached first on an error by Erick Aybar and then scored on a groundout later in the inning. Hank Conger added another error for the team's fourth of the game. With the loss, the Angels fell to 3.5 games behind the Rangers in the AL West.

Minnesota Twins: Minnesota was officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 3-0 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday as they were shutout for the 12th time this season. The Twins tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts, including two from Joe Mauer. Minnesota now trails Detroit by 22 games and are 1.5 games behind the Royals in the fight for last place in the AL Central.

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Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:33 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Wilson records first shutout

C.J. Wilson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

C.J. Wilson, Rangers: There's no question that the Rangers can put runs on the board with anyone, but the question is if they have that Game 1 starter in a series to go opposite the likes of CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett or Justin Verlander. Last season the Game 1 starter was an easy decision for Ron Washington, that's what they got Cliff Lee to do. This season it's going to be Wilson, who notched his first career shutout on Tuesday, blanking the Rays 8-0 on five hits, all singles. It was the Rangers' 18th shutout of the season, the most by an American League team since Oakland had 19 in 2002. Wilson is now 15-6 with a 3.13 ERA.

Bryan LaHair, Cubs: Reds starter Mike Leake cruised all game -- going 8 2/3 innings and allowing just one batter above the minimum and one hit. But on a 2-2 count, Starlin Castro hit a nubber down the third-base line for an infield single, bringing up LaHair as a pinch hitter for Darwin Barney. With a 2-0 count, Leake gave the rookie something to hit -- and he did, onto Sheffield Ave. It was LaHair's first homer as a Cub (he hit three in 2008 with the Mariners) after clubbing 38 in the Pacific Coast League this season. LaHair gave the fans at Wrigley Field some free baseball, but in the end, it wasn't enough as the Reds won 4-2 in 13 innings.

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: Going into Monday's game, Troy Tulowitzki was hitting just .113 (6 for 35) against the Diamondbacks this season. After a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Rockies, he hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 8-3 victory at Coors Field. It was Tulowitzki's 30th homer of the season and gave him 103 RBI, a career-high.


Fausto Carmona, Indians: Any hope the Indians had of representing the American League Central in the playoffs were seemingly dashed in Carmona's 1 1/3 innings -- the Indians' opening-day starter allowed eight hits and seven runs in his brief starts as Cleveland lost 10-1 to Detroit at Progressive Field and fell 8.5 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Carmona is now 6-14 with a 5.18 ERA on the season.

Angels defense: After Texas had already won their game, the Angels committed four errors -- three of which led to two unearned runs and an Angels loss to the Mariners. Seattle's Felix Hernandez didn't need more than two runs, as he allowed just one run (unearned as well) on four hits in eight innings for a 2-1 Mariners victory. After a Justin Smoak single to lead off the Mariners' half of the second, Los Angeles third baseman Alberto Callaspo fielded a soft grounder by Miguel Olivo, and instead of taking the sure out at first, he tried to force it to second, throwing the ball in right. Kyle Seager then reached first to load the bases on an error by pitcher Ervin Santana. Trayvon Washington hit a sacrifice fly for the game's first run. Seattle's second run came in the fourth after Seager reached first on an error by Erick Aybar and then scored on a groundout later in the inning. Hank Conger added another error for the team's fourth of the game. With the loss, the Angels fell to 3.5 games behind the Rangers in the AL West.

Minnesota Twins: Minnesota was officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 3-0 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday as they were shutout for the 12th time this season. The Twins tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts, including two from Joe Mauer. Minnesota now trails Detroit by 22 games and are 1.5 games behind the Royals in the fight for last place in the AL Central.

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Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:01 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2011 5:38 pm
 

On Deck: AL East, West races on display

OD

By Matt Snyder

The last month could get a bit boring from a pennant race perspective. Look at the standings. The Yankees trail the Red Sox by 1 1/2 games in the AL East, so it's a good race. Of course, the loser is going to be the AL Wild Card, so it's not really a great race. And in the West, the Rangers hold a 3 1/2 game lead. But until a first-place team in the other four divisions falters or a second- or third-place team really gets hot, this is all we have. Check out our September Storylines post from my esteemed colleague C. Trent Rosecrans for more on this very subject.

So we'll check out the two currently close races in this Thursday installment of On Deck. As always, make sure to follow all the action on CBSSports.com's live scoreboard.

Jesus rises: Yes, we know the Yankees and Red Sox are playing. Prepare to see a four-hour game full of macho posturing. Not that there's anything wrong with it, as it makes for good entertainment. But the big storyline in Thursday night's game is the major-league debut of heralded Yankees catching prospect Jesus Montero. He's slotted seventh in the lineup as the designated hitter. Montero has been a top-five prospect in all of baseball each of the past two springs. This year in Triple-A, Montero hit .288/.348/.467 with 18 homers in 463 plate appearances. It was a very slight regression from the 2010 season, but Montero's still only 21. Of course, it's unlikely he's seen many pitchers with the stuff of Red Sox starter Jon Lester (14-6, 3.09), who gets the ball Thursday night. A.J. Burnett (9-11, 5.31) is tasked with holding down the Red Sox offense. Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET.

Beltre's back: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been activated from the disabled list and the offense could sure use the boost. It recently lost slugger Nelson Cruz to -- shocker -- a hamstring injury and was locked down by James Shields Wednesday night. The Angels lost, though, so the Rangers maintained their modest 3 1/2 game lead. Beltre is hitting .276/.318/.505 with 20 home runs and 76 RBI in 100 games, so he'll provide some punch. Beltre and the Rangers will face Jeff Niemann (9-5, 3.46) of the Rays, while C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.29) gets the nod for the home team. Rays at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET.

Ervin's Angels: The Angels dropped a heartbreaker Wednesday night. They took a 1-0 lead into the eighth and appeared ready to move to within 2 1/2 games of the Rangers, but then Mike Carp of the Mariners came through with a two-out, two-run double to help the M's win 2-1. Ervin Santana will look to get the Halos -- and kind of himself -- back on track. For a stretch, Santana was one of the best pitchers in baseball, but he's allowed 23 hits and 11 earned runs in his last three starts. He was 5-0 with a 0.84 ERA in his previous five starts. The Mariners counter with Charlie Furbush (3-6, 4.87). Angels at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:29 pm
 

On Deck: Giants hope for home cooking

OD

By C. Trent Rosecrans


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Home, sweet home: San Francisco returns to AT&T Park after a 4-6 road trip, but find themselves treading water against a struggling Arizona squad that has lost six games in a row. After losing their last four series, the Giants open a 12-game home stand with San Diego for two games before Houston and Chicago come to town, setting up a big three-game set with division-leading Arizona. The Giants play 21 of their final 34 games at home, where they have the fourth-best winning percentage (.583) among National League teams. San Diego is 11 games under .500, but has won 12 of its last 18 games. The two-game series against San Diego is the start of a run of interdivisional games for the Giants, who play NL West teams 27 times in their final 34 and are done with non-NL West teams after this homestand. Padres at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET

Hanging on: Two second place teams, the White Sox and Angels, start a quick two-game series at Angel Stadium. The series won't make or break either team, but both hope to keep pace in their divisional races. The White Sox are tied for second with Indians, 5 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central, while the Angels are 4 1/2 game behind the Rangers in the AL West. Both pitchers -- Chicago's Mark Buehrle and Los Angeles' Ervin Santana -- had winning streaks snapped in their last outting. Buehrle hadn't lost since June 16 and had a snap of 18 starts of allowing three runs or fewer by giving up four runs in a loss to Cleveland. Santana allowed four runs (three earned) in a loss to the Rangers last Wednesday, pitching into the eighth inning. Still, Santana has gone 6-3 with a 1.87 ERA over his last 12 starts, while Buehrle is 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA over his last 12 starts. White Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET

Youth movement: In his last start, Braves left-hander Mike Minor didn't give up a run in six innings of work, striking out nine batters and walking one (intentionally), allowing just four hits. Since entering the rotation in the place of Tommy Hanson, Minor's gone 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts, showing why the Braves think so highly of the 23-year-old former first-round pick. Cubs right-hander Casey Coleman has been less successful in replacing Carlos Zambrano in the Chicago rotation. In his first start in place of Zambrano, Coleman allowed 10 hits and four runs in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Houston. He's 2-5 overall with a 7.43 ERA, but his ERA is lowered a bit to 7.05 as a starter. Braves at Cubs, 8:05 p.m ET

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:39 pm
 

On Deck: Angels turn to red-hot Santana

OD

By Matt Snyder

With four teams idle and three day games, we're still left with 10 night games on this partial getaway day. Remember to follow along with all the action on CBSSports.com's live scoreboard.

Santana the stopper: The Angels have lost four in a row while the Rangers have rattled off five straight, meaning the Rangers now hold a six game lead in the AL West. The Angels still have two games left in this series, however, and badly need someone to step up and put a stop to the bleeding. Wednesday, they may just have the man to do so: Ervin Santana (9-8, 3.10). He's as hot a pitcher as there is in baseball right now, as he's 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 72 innings over the course of his last nine starts. It won't be easy going for the Angels' offense, though, as All-Star C.J. Wilson (11-5, 3.28) is Santana's counterpart for the night. Rangers at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET.

Greinke looks to stay hot: I've seen a few headlines touting Greinke's quest for winning his fifth straight start, but his string of quality pitching goes deeper than his past four outings. In Greinke's last seven starts, he has a 1.75 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. This is the man the Brewers paid a handsome price -- in terms of prospects -- for this past offseason. Not only is Greinke looking to add to his personal success, but to continue the Brewers' recent dominance. They've won 17 of their last 19 games and have built a seven game lead in the NL Central that once was an up-for-grabs four-team race. The Dodgers will send rookie Nate Eovaldi (1-0, 1.64) to the hill in an attempt to cool off the Brewers. Dodgers at Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET.

Jurrjens returns: Jurrjens was one of the best pitchers in the first half of the season, as he took a 12-3 record and 1.87 ERA into the All-Star break. Since then, however, it's been rough going. In his four starts since then, he has a 6.26 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. He hasn't pitched since August 1 with a right knee strain, however, so maybe his health is what can get him back on track. He'll take the mound in Atlanta Wednesday against the Giants, who are in bad need of a victory. The Giants have fallen on miserable times, mostly due to offensive ineptitude and injuries. They do have All-Star Matt Cain (9-9, 3.00) taking the hill in an attempt to right the ship. Giants at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Time to stop ignoring Ervin Santana

By Matt Snyder

If the Angels get into the playoffs, they're going to be one tough out. There's no question Jered Weaver is one of the elite aces in baseball this season and it's well known how good Dan Haren can be. If the overshadowed Ervin Santana keeps pumping out starts like he has for the past seven weeks, you could argue the Angels have three ace-caliber pitchers. It's easy to remember Santana's no-hitter on July 27, which was especially noteworthy because he allowed a run, but that wasn't a fluke in looking at his recent stretch.

Friday night, Santana disposed of the Blue Jays -- in Toronto, mind you, where the Blue Jays hit very well. He threw a complete game and only allowed seven hits, two walks and one earned run while striking out six. It was his fourth complete game of the season and he's more than locked in right now. He's on fire.

In Santana's past nine starts, he's 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 72 innings. Perhaps the most important and easily overlooked stat there is the innings count. He's throwing an average of eight innings per game during this hot streak. Team him with Haren and Weaver and it's evident the Angels' bullpen is going to be fresh down the stretch.

The Angels don't have a 1-2 punch anymore, they now have a 1-2-3 punch. Ervin Santana can no longer be left out of that discussion.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:09 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Santana no-hits the Indians

Ervin SantanaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Ervin Santana had started 10 games against the Indians in his career and earned his first victory against Cleveland on Wednesday -- but that's not the story. The story is that he did it without allowing a hit.

Santana struck out 10 and walked one in his no-hitter and a 3-1 Angels victory.

Only an Erick Aybar error kept the game from being a perfect game into the eighth inning -- and kept Santana from picking up the shutout. Ezequiel Carrera led off the bottom of the first with a ball misplayed by Aybar and then stole second. He went to third on Asdrubal Cabrera's one-out ground out and scored on a wild pitch, to give Cleveland a lead.

After Carrera's error, Santana retired 22 in a row before walking Lonnie Chisenhall with one out in the eighth inning.

Santana is the first pitcher to allow a run, but no hits since Darryl Kile's no-hitter on Sept. 8, 1993 for the Astros against the Mets. In 2008, Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo didn't allow a hit and gave up two runs to the Dodgers, but that wasn't considered a no-hitter because the Dodgers didn't bat in the ninth.

In his last start, Santana took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Orioles and ended up allowing three in 7 2/3 innings in a victory. 

Here's a list of no-hitters in American League history and the last no-hitter for each franchise

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:09 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Santana no-hits the Indians

Ervin SantanaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Ervin Santana had started 10 games against the Indians in his career and earned his first victory against Cleveland on Wednesday -- but that's not the story. The story is that he did it without allowing a hit.

Santana struck out 10 and walked one in his no-hitter and a 3-1 Angels victory.

Only an Erick Aybar error kept the game from being a perfect game into the eighth inning -- and kept Santana from picking up the shutout. Ezequiel Carrera led off the bottom of the first with a ball misplayed by Aybar and then stole second. He went to third on Asdrubal Cabrera's one-out ground out and scored on a wild pitch, to give Cleveland a lead.

After Carrera's error, Santana retired 22 in a row before walking Lonnie Chisenhall with one out in the eighth inning.

Santana is the first pitcher to allow a run, but no hits since Darryl Kile's no-hitter on Sept. 8, 1993 for the Astros against the Mets. In 2008, Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo didn't allow a hit and gave up two runs to the Dodgers, but that wasn't considered a no-hitter because the Dodgers didn't bat in the ninth.

In his last start, Santana took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Orioles and ended up allowing three in 7 2/3 innings in a victory. 

Here's a list of no-hitters in American League history and the last no-hitter for each franchise

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