Game Preview: Angels @ Diamondbacks – 6/17/15 6:40pm Pacific

Angels at Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (33-32, 3rd AL West) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (31-33, 3rd NL West)

Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 109F, Wind W 11mph, 0% Chance of Rain (Retractable roof will be CLOSED for entire Angel series)

Pitching Matchup:

Hector Santiago (4-3, 2.59 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 19, 2015 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 19, 2015 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Santiago is coming off a start at home against Oakland in which he gave up back-to-back solo home runs and scattered 5 other hits across 5 2/3 innings, striking out 6. Santiago took a no-decision in that game as the Angels made a comeback in the late innings to beat Oakland 5-4. This will be Santiago’s first career start against Arizona, and the first time he will step into the batter’s box this season. For his career, Santiago has a hit and 3 sacrifices in 12 trips to the plate.

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Chase Anderson (2-1, 2.82 ERA)

Chase Anderson delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Chase Field on April 21, 2015 (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chase Anderson delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Chase Field on April 21, 2015 (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Anderson has been the D’Backs strongest and most consistent starting pitcher all season. He leads MLB with 9 no-decisions due to dismal run support. His only loss came April 27 against Colorado, and is the only start in which he has given up more than 3 earned runs. In his last outing against the Giants on Friday, he tossed 7 innings of 1-hit, shutout baseball to finally notch his 2nd victory of the season in a game Arizona won 1-0.

Game Notes:

  • The D-backs called up first baseman/outfielder Danny Dorn on Tuesday with Ender Inciarte going on the 15-day disabled list. Dorn started Tuesday’s game in Anaheim so Paul Goldschmidt could be the designated hitter, but with no DH in Arizona and a southpaw on the mound, Dorn is unlikely to play on Wednesday.
  • Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is from Arizona, and he has about 40 guests coming to Wednesday’s game. When he was in high school, Calhoun played in an All-Star Game at Chase Field, and he attended the D-backs’ first game of the 2001 playoffs there.

Starting Lineups:

Angels:

  1. SS-Erick Aybar – .251
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .268
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .298
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .273
  5. 3B-David Freese – .241
  6. LF-Matt Joyce – .181
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .268
  8. C-Chris Iannetta – .159
  9. P-Hector Santiago – .000

Arizona:

  1. CF-A.J. Pollock – .316
  2. LF-David Peralta – .255
  3. 1B-Paul Goldschmidt – .361
  4. RF-Yasmany Tomas – .318
  5. 3B-Aaron Hill – .234
  6. 2B-Chris Owings – .238
  7. C-Wellington Castillo – .217
  8. SS-Nick Ahmed – .221
  9. P-Chase Anderson – .100

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