On Friday, May 29, 2015 the Los Angeles Angels shut out the Detroit Tigers 2 – 0 behind a strong outing from Hector Santiago. Santiago dominated the Los Angeles lineup for 7 1/3 innings and allowed only 6 baserunners. Santiago allowed 3 hits, struck out 7, and walked 3 while lowering his 2015 earned run average to 2.18. With the win, Santiago improves to 4 – 3 on the season.
Anibal Sanchez suffered the loss for the Tigers despite pitching well. In 7 innings, Sanchez allowed two runs on six hits. Sanchez struck out 9 while walking two. Although he pitched well on Friday, Sanchez has been a disappointment so far this season. Just a year after posting a 3.43 earned run average in 126 innings, Sanchez has a 5.75 ERA in 67 1/3 innings. After taking the loss against the Angels, Sanchez’s 2015 record falls to 3 – 6.
Albert Pujols powered the Los Angeles offense, contributing three hits in four at-bats. He hit his tenth home run of the season off of Anibal Sanchez and scored both of the Angels runs.
Pujols has been hitting very well recently. He is currently riding a 5 game hitting streak, and has homered in each of his past two games while going 8 for 19 in his last 5, from what Wikipedia users wrote.
Coming up next, the Tigers and Angels will continue their series when Detroit starter Shane Greene (4 – 3, 4.27 earned run average) takes on Jared Weaver ( 3 – 4, 4.06) of the Angels.