2016 Game 13: Angels vs. White Sox

4-18-16

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Los Angeles Angels (5-7, T-3rd AL West) @ Chicago White Sox (8-4, T-1st AL Central)

U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL

US Cellular Field

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 71F, Wind E 6mph

Pitching Matchup

Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.95 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on April 12, 2016 (Thearon W Henderson/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on April 12, 2016 (Thearon W Henderson/Getty Images)

While Santiago has put up a couple of solid starts so far this season, he is still searching for his first victory. A 30th round draft pick by the White Sox in 2006, Santiago will be making his 2nd career start at U.S. Cellular Field as a visitor this evening. He took the loss in his first on August 11, 2015. Santiago’s last start was Tuesday in Oakland where he gave up 4 runs on 7 hits over 7 2/3 innings and took a no-decision in a game the Angels won 5-4.

~VS~

Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.38 ERA)

Carlos Rodon, wearing a throwback uniform, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at US Cellular Field on August 27, 2015 (David Banks/Getty Images)

Carlos Rodon, wearing a throwback uniform, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at US Cellular Field on August 27, 2015 (David Banks/Getty Images)

The 3rd overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft certainly seems to have his big league career off to a fine start. After posting a solid 3.75 ERA over 139 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign as a 22 year-old, Rodon has given up just 2 earned runs in his first 13 innings in Oakland & Minnesota this season. He lost the Oakland game in a tough luck loss as the White Sox fell 2-1 in that game, but he took the victory his last time out in Minnesota as he shut out the Twins on just 3 hits in 6 innings. He did however walk 5 batters in that game and threw 107 pitches in those 6 innings. The White Sox went on to win the game 3-0.

Game Notes

  • Angels slugger Albert Pujols, who hit homer No. 562 on Sunday, is one shy of tying Reggie Jackson for 13th place on the all-time list. Pujols’ 585 doubles are one away from Rafael Palmeiro for 18th all-time.
  • Rodon will try to keep the free passes in check. After walking 71 hitters in 139 1/3 innings last year as a rookie, he walked only one in his 2016 debut. But Rodon surrendered five walks against the Twins. He’s only allowed 10 hits in 13 innings this season.
  • Santiago, the former 30th-round Draft pick by the White Sox, has faced his former team once. Santiago gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss at U.S. Cellular Field last year.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .327
  2. LF-Craig Gentry – .190
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .233
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .196
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .349
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .234
  7. C-Geovany Soto – .308
  8. DH-C.J. Cron – .100
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .107

Chicago

  1. RF-Adam Eaton – .356
  2. SS-Jimmy Rollins – .216
  3. 1B-Jose Abreu – .214
  4. 3B-Todd Frazier – .163
  5. LF-Melky Cabrera – .333
  6. 2B-Brett Lawrie – .304
  7. DH-Avisail Garcia – .184
  8. C-Dioner Navarro – .053
  9. CF-Austin Jackson – .200

AL West Standings

  1. Texas – 7-6 (.538)
  2. Oakland – 6-7 (.462)
  3. Angels – 5-7 (.417)
  4. Seattle – 5-7 (.417)
  5. Houston – 5-8 (.385)

Other AL West Matchups

  • Texas – OFF
  • Oakland – OFF
  • Seattle – OFF
  • Houston – OFF

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