2016 Game 56: Angels at Pirates

6-5-16

Los Angeles Angels (25-30, 4th AL West) at Pittsburgh Pirates (30-25, 2nd NL Central)

PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA

PNC Park-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Scattered T-Storms, 71F, Wind SW 9mph, 45% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup

Hector Santiago (3-3, 4.96 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 25, 2016 (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 25, 2016 (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

After posting a 2.70 ERA through his first four starts, things have kind of gotten out of hand for Hector. The month of May was particularly unkind to him as aside from 8 shutout innings in Seattle on May 15, he’s given up 27 runs (26 earned) over his last 35 innings. His last outing against Detroit was particularly ugly as he gave up 6 runs on 5 hits (3 HR) in 6 2/3 innings, but took a no-decision as the Angels came back to win the game 11-9 on C.J. Cron‘s walkoff home run in the 9th inning.

~VS~

Gerrit Cole (5-4, 2.72 ERA)

Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on May 26, 2016 (Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on May 26, 2016 (Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Cole, a SoCal native and UCLA product, has pitched like the ace he has become for most of the 2016 season so far. Outside of a rough outing May 2 against the Cubs, he has posted at least a quality start in every outing this season, and has scattered in some brilliant ones as well. His last time out in Miami was solid as he gave up 3 runs on 9 hits in 6 1/3 innings, but he was out-dueled by Jose Fernandez and took the loss in a game the Pirates lost 3-1.

Game Notes

  • This series is the first time since 2004 Pittsburgh has hosted the Angels at PNC Park. The Pirates have gone 7-7 against the Angels all-time in Interleague Play.
  • Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has hit 29 home runs at PNC Park, more than any other opposing player.
  • Cole has faced the Angels once in his career, picking up the win with 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball on June 21, 2013.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .314
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .302
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .312
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .237
  5. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .281
  6. LF-Rafael Ortega – .243
  7. C-Carlos Perez – .210
  8. P-Hector Santiago – .500
  9. SS-Gregorio Petit – .227

Pittsburgh

  1. SS-Jordy Mercer – .266
  2. 2B-Josh Harrison – .319
  3. LF-Gregory Polanco – .308
  4. 3B-Jung Ho Kang – .273
  5. CF-Starling Marte – .327
  6. 1B-Sean Rodriguez – .273
  7. RF-Matt Joyce – .333
  8. C-Chris Stewart – .173
  9. P-Gerrit Cole – .190

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 33-22 (.600)
  2. Seattle: 31-24 (.564) – 2 GB
  3. Houston: 27-30 (.474) – 7 GB
  4. Angels: 25-30 (.456) – 8 GB
  5. Oakland: 25-31 (.446) – 8.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Oakland @ Houston – 11:10am PT
  • Seattle @ Texas – 12:05pm PT

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