Hector Santiago may have written himself off the post season roster with a terrible performance that had fewer walks than his previous start (also terrible) but lots more hits and runs in fewer batters faced. Worse, he attacked a Gatorade jug in the dugout with his fists and the only result of his tantrum was to soak poor Don Baylor sitting nearby. Hey man, we only splash champagne, okay?
The Angels were down 3-0 before their first Plate Appearance and were down 7-0 before their cleanup hitter ever got into the batter's box. Most of the regulars were pulled around the sixth inning but not before Designated Hitter Brennan Boesch hit a monster two-run homer to make it a 10-2 game. The 417-foot homer was the longest ball hit to RF in Angel Stadium since it was Edison Field and Barry Bonds was bashing his way to being a 2002 postseason afterthought.
The other highlight of the night was a salvaging of the bullpen by AA pitching recall Drew Rucinski. He presciently was called up to the club this afternoon and threw 55 pitches of one run ball over four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk - all of which came with two outs in the top of the ninth. Rucinski had five strikeouts in his four-inning, arm-saving stint.
Before him Pestano, Herrera, Bedrosian and Diaz showed us which arms will not be going to October - but Rucinski seems an intriguing long-man option after what he showed tonight. Mike Scioscia has eight regular season games left to juggle everything - let's hope he can do it without spilling any Gatorade.