2016 Game 28: Angels at Brewers – 10:40am PT

5-4-16

Los Angeles Angels (12-15, 4th AL West) at Milwaukee Brewers (11-15, 4th NL Central)

Miller Park – Milwaukee, WI

Miller Park

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Cloudy, 48F, Wind N 17mph

Pitching Matchup

Hector Santiago (2-1, 3.34 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on April 29, 2016 (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on April 29, 2016 (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Santiago has been solid in his 5 starts so far for the Angels but he did suffer his first non-quality start his last time out in Arlington. Hector had cruised through the first 5 innings of that game giving up just 1 run, but he got into trouble he couldn’t get out of in the 6th and gave up 3 runs in the frame. In the end he gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 5 2/3 innings and took the loss in a game the Angels lost 4-2.

~VS~

Zach Davies (0-3, 8.78 ERA)

Zach Davies delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park on April 22, 2016 (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Zach Davies delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park on April 22, 2016 (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

To say it’s been a struggle for the Brewers’ young 23 year-old righty may be something of an understatement. Although his 8.78 ERA is still a bit inflated by a disastrous start on April 17 in which he gave up 6 runs in just 2 1/3 innings, he is still yet to post a quality start this season and has pitched beyond the 5th inning just once. In his last start Friday against Miami, he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings to take the loss in a game the Brewers dropped 6-3.

Game Notes

  • Brewers star Ryan Braun took Tuesday off and is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday. The off-day was part of a maintenance plan designed to maximize Braun’s production in his first season following back surgery. He batted .372/.443/.605 through his first 21 games.
  • The Angels entered Tuesday with a 194-153 record in Interleague Play. The Brewers were 135-162.
  • Geovany Soto figures to get the start behind the plate for the Angels. Soto has batted .343/.395/.629 in his first 11 games and now appears to be getting more playing time than Carlos Perez, who began the year as the starter. A longtime Cub, Soto has batted .232/.323/.429 in his career at Miller Park.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .290
  2. LF-Rafael Ortega – .304
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .310
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .204
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .286
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .225
  7. C-Geovany Soto – .343
  8. P-Hector Santiago – .000
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .169

Milwaukee

  1. SS-Jonathan Villar – .265
  2. RF-Alex Presley – .235
  3. LF-Ryan Braun – .372
  4. C-Jonathan Lucroy – .321
  5. 1B-Chris Carter – .287
  6. 2B-Aaron Hill – .205
  7. 3B-Hernan Perez – .333
  8. CF-Ramon Flores – .137
  9. P-Zach Davies – .000

AL West Standings

  1. Seattle: 15-11 (.577)
  2. Texas: 15-12 (.556) – 0.5 GB
  3. Oakland: 13-15 (.464) – 2.5 GB
  4. Angels: 12-15 (.444) – 3.5 GB
  5. Houston: 9-18 (.333) – 6.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Seattle @ Oakland – 12:35pm PT
  • Texas @ Toronto – 4:07pm PT
  • Minnesota @ Houston – 5:10pm PT

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