ANAHEIM, 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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