September 21, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
The Angels pulled to within three and a half games of an American League Wildcard spot with a victory over the White Sox in Anaheim. Ervin Santana, the pitcher who has been with the team the longest, dominated the Pale Hose over seven innings, allowing a leadoff homerun to start the game and almost nothing else. The puffy-cheeked magician struck out eleven batters in his 108-pitch effort, earning his ninth victory in a rollercoaster season of juggling but never quite harnessing precision. He found it tonight, a Friday that saw the Athletics cool off for once, allowing the Halos to gain ground with a precious eleven games remaining in the season.
Cheering the Angels on were refugees form the Detroit Tigers rainout. the Tigers are behind the White Sox in the AL Central and were rooting the Halos on, ironically having to hope for good thing from the one man who may prevent Miguel Cabrera from claiming the LA MVP - Mike Trout had a resurgent night at the plate, doubling and scoring a run early in the game and hitting a solo homer late for insurance. Kendrys Morales tied the game at 1-1 to lead off the bottom of the second inning with a monster homerun deep into section 239.
Light that Halo up on the final Big Bang Friday fireworks show of the season - and now let's hope for some more good games under the halos and luck from the other late season contests that count.
Panther of the Game
Ervin Santana (250 votes)
Mike Trout (37 votes)
287 total votes