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Angels Santana throws improbable no-hitter

Photo by Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer, via APANAHEIM, Calif. — An improbable feat, Dominican Republic native Ervin Santana pitched a no-hit gem in front of 21,546 at Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon to lead the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Santana had his Major League debut against Cleveland on May 17, 2005. The first four hitters Santana faced in his debut combined to hit for the cycle, and the Tribe has been dominant against him ever since. Santana went in to Wednesday’s game with an 0-6 record and a 4.98 ERA in 10 career starts against the Indians.

The Indians were able to plate a run in the first inning when rookie Ezequiel Carrera lined a ball almost directly at Angels shortstop Erick Aybar. The ball one-hopped in front of Aybar and bounced off his chest into shallow center field. Ruled an error on Aybar, Carrera would eventually score on a wild pitch in the dirt to catcher Bobby Wilson, who made his tenth start of the season. Ervin recorded 27 outs, 10 for strikeouts, issued 1 walk and threw only 105 pitches, 76 of which were strikes.

Only the ninthno-hitter in franchise history, Santana joins an elite group of Angels pitchers. The last no-hitter was thrown by Mike Witt – a perfect game against Texas on the last day of the 1984 season.

During an interview after the game, Santana dedicated his no-hitter to his cousin Ruben Corporan, who passed away last month in the Dominican Republic.

A 2008 All-Star, Santana lowers his season ERA to 3.47 with a 6-8 record. He has won three of his last five starts. The Angels move to 57-48 on the season and are two games back on Texas in the AL West.

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About Meredith Matthews

Growing up in a market boasting two Major League baseball teams, Meredith had to make a crucial decision on whether or not she would bleed Dodger Blue or Angel Red. Being the educated lady that she is, she made the only logical decision and pledged her allegiance to the Anaheim Angels. Meredith also has been known to “Fear the Beard” and proudly reps the San Francisco Giants as her NL favorite. While she lives and breathes baseball, she also enjoys a good Anaheim Ducks game and is a die-hard LSU football fan.

Discussion

10 thoughts on “Angels Santana throws improbable no-hitter

  1. Always love to see no hitters!

    Posted by toosoxy | July 28, 2011, 10:49 am
  2. Yaaaay Meredith.(:

    Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011, 11:48 am
  3. Great article. Welcome to the team.

    Posted by Chris H. | July 28, 2011, 5:33 pm
  4. Not an Angels fan but I enjoyed reading the article. Well written underdog story.

    Posted by aj Clifton | July 29, 2011, 1:16 am
  5. Fantastic article

    Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2011, 5:33 am

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