Sunday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. Hector Santiago
|08.10.14 at 12:24 pm ET|
The Red Sox will close out a three-game set against the Angels Sunday, sending Rubby De La Rosa to the mound against Hector Santiago in the series finale.
De La Rosa (3-4, 3.43 ERA) finally appeared to solve his road woes in his last start Tuesday against the Cardinals, holding St. Louis to six hits and just one earned run over six innings of work. Entering the game, De La Rosa had an ERA of 6.04 in four starts away from Fenway Park.
“I feel good,” De La Rosa said after the game. “I feel everything worked. I had a couple of walks. I missed a couple of pitches.”
Despite his struggles in opposing ballparks, De La Rosa has been one of Boston’s most consistent starters this season, allowing three runs or less in six of his last seven starts.
In his only career start against the Angels on June 24, 2011, De La Rosa gave up nine hits and five earned runs over six innings.
Santiago (3-7, 3.84 ERA) got off to a rough start in his last outing Tuesday against the Dodgers, serving up a three-run homer to Juan Uribe in the second inning.
“Pitchers aren’t perfect,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia after the game. “At times, you’re going to throw a breaking ball and it’s maybe going to hang and it did to Uribe.”
Santiago would retire 11 of the next 15 batters, but was eventually forced out of the game after 5 1/3 innings. The Angels left-hander allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits while walking three in what was a 5-4 Dodgers win.
With Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs on the disabled list with a forearm injury, Santiago is expected to start regularly in Los Angeles’ rotation going forward. After getting recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on June 10, Santiago has posted a 3-1 record with a 3.06 ERA while winning his last three decisions.
Santiago’s last outing against Boston was on Aug. 30, 2013, as the then-White Sox southpaw surrendered four earned runs over 3 2/3 innings while walking five in what was eventually a 4-3 Red Sox win. In three career appearances (two starts) against the Red Sox, Santiago is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA.
Red Sox vs. Santiago (LHP)
Yoenis Cespedes (10 plate appearances): .500/.600/1.250, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs
Kelly Johnson (6): .333/.333/.667, 1 triple, 1 RBI
Mike Napoli (6): .000/.500/.000, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
David Ortiz (6): .400/.500/.400, 2 singles, 4 RBIs
Dustin Pedroia (6): .500/.667/1.000, 2 doubles, 2 walks
Will Middlebrooks has one walk and three strikeouts in five plate appearances against Santiago.
Daniel Nava has two strikeouts in four plate appearances against Santiago.
Angels vs. De La Rosa (RHP)
Erick Aybar (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 home run, 2 RBIs
Chris Iannetta has one single and one strikeout in three plate appearances against De La Rosa.
Howie Kendrick (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 home run, 1 RBI
Collin Cowgill (2): 1.000/1.000/1..000, 1 single, 1 walk
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