(Sports Network) - While the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are finally
starting to play to their potential, the team is still waiting for Ervin
Santana to do the same. Tonight he tries to right the ship, as the Angels
continue a three-game interleague set with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel
Santana has won three of his last four decisions, but he hasn't pitched well
at all. He beat Colorado on Sunday and allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Santana also surrendered seven runs in a loss to Seattle his previous time out
and has given up 23 runs over his last four starts.
"I know it's not going my way right now," said Santana, who is 3-7 with a 5.74
ERA on the year.
Santana beat the D'Backs the only other time he faced them, allowing two runs
and seven hits in six innings.
Arizona will counter with lefty Joe Saunders, who is 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA.
Saunders defeated the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, holding them to just an
earned run in six innings.
"I made some good pitches," Saunders said. "They are a scrappy team. Their
numbers aren't the respect they get. Can't take them for granted."
This will be his first-ever appearance against the Angels, the team that made
him their first pick back in 2002. Saunders pitched the first five-plus years
of his career in Anaheim before being shipped to the desert as part of the Dan
Arizona got back to .500 on Friday, as Trevor Cahill pitched shutout ball into
the eighth inning and the Diamondbacks knocked Haren around in his first start
against his former team in a 5-0 victory. Aaron Hill blasted a three-run
homer, while Jason Kubel had three of the 12 hits for the Diamondbacks, who
won for the seventh time in nine games and improved to 32-32.
Cahill (5-5), who has given up just two runs over his last three starts - all
wins - piled up a season-best eight strikeouts on Friday. The righty yielded
three hits and a pair of walks, including one to Hank Conger before being
lifted in favor of Brad Ziegler.
"I felt good tonight. I was able to mix it up and put guys away," Cahill said.
"I had good defensive support. I had all four pitches working."
David Hernandez pitched the ninth to complete the three-hit whitewash.
Haren (4-7), who pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2008-10 and made two All-
Star appearances before being traded to the Angels, was charged with eight
hits and five runs over 6 1/3 frames. He had five strikeouts.
The Angels, who lost for the second time in seven contests, have a big
mountain to climb if they're going to keep their interleague series success
alive. They've won 11 of their last 12 interleague series spanning back to
2010. The Angels have not dropped an interleague series at home since June
14-16, 2010 vs. Milwaukee (1-2).
The Angels swept Arizona the last time these teams met back in 2009, but this
is the Diamondbacks' first trip to Angel Stadium since 2001.
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