2016 Game 104: Red Sox at Angels

7-30-16

Boston Red Sox (56-45, 3rd AL East) at Los Angeles Angels (46-57, 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 80F, Wind SSW 9 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Drew Pomeranz (8-8, 2.84 ERA)

Drew Pomeranz delivers a pitch during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park on July 25, 2016 (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Drew Pomeranz delivers a pitch during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park on July 25, 2016 (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Acquired on July 14 from San Diego for 18 year-old pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza, Pomeranz will be making his first road start as a member of the Red Sox this evening. His first start in a Red Sox uniform did not go so well as he was knocked around for 5 runs in just 3 innings by the Giants in interleague action, but his last start against Detroit was much more impressive. In that game Pomeranz held the Tigers to 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 innings, but took the tough luck loss in a game the Red Sox dropped 4-2.

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Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28 ERA)

Hector Santiago, wearing a 70's era retro uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on July 20, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago, wearing a 70’s era retro uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on July 20, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

In what may be his final start as an Angel if all of the swirling trade rumors are to be believed, Santiago will attempt to continue his dominant July as he’s won each of his 5 starts this month and posted a 1.48 ERA in the process. His last start Monday in Kansas City was another solid one as he held the Royals to 2 runs on 5 hits over 5 1/3 innings to take the victory in a game the Angels won 6-2.

Game Notes

  • After falling apart in the fourth inning vs. the Giants in his Red Sox debut, Pomeranz had a nice outing his last time out, allowing four hits and two runs over six innings against the Tigers. Pomeranz’s knuckle curve was on full display in that one.
  • Angels slugger Albert Pujols is 1-for-12 against Pomeranz, while Mike Trout is 1-for-8 with a home run. David Ortiz, who is 3-for-14 lifetime against Santiago, will likely get a day of rest, with Hanley Ramirez moving to DH.
  • Aaron Hill made a rare start against a righty on Friday, and that should open a stretch in which he’ll start three straight games for Red Sox manager John Farrell. Lefty Tyler Skaggs starts for the Angels on Sunday. “I think, even though he’s a veteran guy, to get regular at-bats and repetition helps every player,” said Farrell. “He’s aware that in the remaining games in this series, he’ll be at third.”

Starting Lineups

Boston

  1. RF-Mookie Betts – .303
  2. 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .304
  3. SS-Xander Bogaerts – .331
  4. CF-Jackie Bradley – .298
  5. DH-Hanley Ramirez – .276
  6. 3B-Aaron Hill – .273
  7. 1B-Travis Shaw – .266
  8. LF-Bryce Brentz – .286
  9. C-Sandy Leon – .386

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .321
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .310
  3. DH-Albert Pujols – .258
  4. 1B-Jefry Marte – .231
  5. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .281
  6. C-Jett Bandy – .277
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .274
  8. LF-Gregorio Petit – .282
  9. RF-Shane Robinson – .215

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 36-67 (.350)
  2. Minnesota: 39-63 (.382)
  3. Tampa Bay: 40-61 (.396)
  4. Cincinnati: 41-61 (.402)
  5. Arizona: 42-61 (.408)
  6. San Diego: 44-59 (.427)
  7. Milwaukee: 45-56 (.446)
  8. Angels: 46-57 (.447)
  9. Philadelphia: 47-58 (.448)
  10. Oakland: 47-56 (.456)

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