Tag:Ervin Santana
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:48 am
Edited on: May 5, 2011 2:49 am

3 up, 3 down: Hudson won't play second fiddle

Tim Hudson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3 upTim Hudson, Braves -- While the baseball world was focused on Zack Greinke's first start as a member of the Brewers, the Braves' starter was sort of overlooked. Not after the game. Hudson allowed just one hit in his shutout victory, a fourth-inning double to Rickie Weeks. Hudson walked Weeks with two outs in the ninth, the only walk he allowed in the game. He struck out six.

Aneury Rodriguez, Astros -- Making his first big league start, the 23-year-old Rodriguez allowed just one hit -- a triple by Chris Valaika -- in his five innings of work against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, closer Brandon Lyons blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth to deny him the victory. A Rule 5 pick from the Rays in December, Rodriguez had made nine relief appearances before replacing Nelson Figueroa in the rotation on Wednesday.

Adam Lind, Blue Jays -- Lind went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer in the Blue Jays' 3-2 victory over the Rays, his fourth multi-hit game in a row. He's hit in each of his last nine games, going 18 for 35 with five homers and 13 RBI in that stretch.

3 downLos Angeles Dodgers -- The team may not be able to pay its players (well, MLB will cover them, so no worries for the players), MLB vice president Rob Manfred said Frank McCourt isn't cooperating with the commissioner's office, Andre Ethier didn't play on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, Jonathan Broxton was shut down with a shoulder injury -- oh, and the team lost to the Cubs. But hey, the throwback uniforms were pretty cool (but not as cool as the Cubs').

Boston rain -- Ervin Santana had a no-hitter after five, but rain delayed the game, halting his no-hit bid. He was replaced by Rich Thompson after the rain delay of 2:35. Santana had struck out seven in four innings, walking one and hitting another. The Angels had a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning before Jed Lowrie broke it up with a single. The game started at 7:10 p.m. ET and didn't end until 2:45 a.m. ET Thursday morning, a 5-3 Angels victory in 13 innings. 

Cardinals defense -- The Cardinals had four errors in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Marlins. Yadier Molina, the best defensive catcher in the game, had two errors and pitcher Chris Carpenter added a pair himself.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:56 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 12:20 am

No-hitter alert: Angels no-hitting Red Sox

By C. Trent Rosecrans 
UPDATE: Jed Lowrie broke up the no-hitter with one out in the seventh inning, singling to right off Downs. Downs walked Kevin Youkilis to start the inning, then got David Ortiz looking.

In the top of the seventh, Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead.

Ervin SantanaA two-and-a-half hour rain delay and change of pitchers hasn't helped Boston's bats -- as the Angels have a combined no-hitter through six innings.

Starter Ervin Santana didn't allow a hit in the first four innings, striking out seven Red Sox batters in four innings before the rain delay at Fenway Park. Rich Thompson replaced Santana after the delay and held the Red Sox hitless for another 1 2/3 innings.

Thompson was pulled for left-hander Scott Downs, who came in to face Adrian Gonzalez with two outs in the sixth and Jacoby Ellsbury on third base. Downs got Gonzalez to ground out to short.

Josh Beckett gave up just one hit in 4 1/3 inning before the rain delay. Matt Albers allowed two more in his 1 2/3 innings, but no runs have scored.

Dan Wheeler has entered the game for the Red Sox in the seventh with the game tied 0-0.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:57 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 11:57 am

Ohlendorf's nightmare season might be over

Ross Ohlendorf
Ross Ohlendorf's offseason plans should probably begin with finding someone to take the curse off him. Because that might be the only way to explain the run of bad luck the Pirates right-hander has had this year.

He's been on the disabled list with a lower back injury and missed more games with a leg injury. He got hit in the head by a line drive. Now his season might be over after he was diagnosed with an upper back muscle strain, and he has no idea how the injury happened. He thinks he might have slept on it wrong.

Ohlendorf is 1-11 this season, even though his ERA is a respectable 4.07. As a point of reference, Florida's Ricky Nolasco has won 14 games and the Angels' Ervin Santana 13 with higher ERAs. And neither of them plays for a winning team, though they don't play for a team as bad as the Pirates.

It seems only appropriate that in what might have been Ohlendorf's last start Monday, he took the loss despite throwing just 10 pitches before leaving with the injury. According to baseball-reference.com, only four other pitchers since 1988 have lost a game while throwing 10 pitches or fewer.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 1:37 am
Edited on: August 20, 2010 8:45 am

Team meetings yield quick results

Hideki Matsui
Team meetings are kind of a delicate thing. Go to the well too often, and people stop listening. Call one at the wrong time, and you end up with a divisive argument.

But I've always been surprised at how often a well-intentioned team meeting produces short-term results (emphasis on "short-term"). Can professionals really be prompted to play baseball better with a pep talk or a lecture? There's really no way to quantify it statistically, but based on anecdotal observation, I think it happens. Refocus, clear the air, get back to business.

Two teams landed in the win column Thursday after closed-door meetings. The Angels apparently had a humdinger, led by Torii Hunter.

"I can't tell you everything because it's a secret," Hunter told reporters. "But it was uplifting. We got into it, too. But we figured some things out. The way we were playing, we were down every night. The last five games we were dead, no energy. Guys would strike out and just go sit on the bench. It was sad. I thought it was time to call a meeting.

"It was actually pretty intense. ... Give us your all. Play like it's your last game."

The Angels, who had lost three in a row and were 0-9 against Boston this season, then went out and whipped up on the Red Sox, 7-2.

Indians The last-place Indians are playing for nothing but pride at this point, and manager Manny Acta wanted to remind his team, which had lost nine of 12, that pride is enough.

"I was taking the temperature of the ballclub," Acta said. "I wanted to let the kids know we have a month and a half to play and we're going through a rough stretch right now. "Yes, we're young, but I have the right to tell them I'm not happy with the way we have played over the last 12 games.

"The whole meeting was about making progress. For us that's the challenge. Once the season is over only eight teams go to the playoffs, 22 will go home. If we're going home, we want to go home being better as a team and as individuals."

Hours later, the Indians put up 13 hits in a 7-3 win in Kansas City.

Angels pitcher Ervin Santana joked that maybe the Angels should have a team meeting every day.

"That's right – 4:45," Hunter said. "All of you [the media] have to clear out. Then you can come back in one minute later. Everybody [on the team] is just going to sit down, say, 'Let's go get 'em.' Then the meeting's over."

-- David Andriesen

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