ANAHEIM, Ca. – Ervin Santana did not walk off the mound Saturday afternoon as much as he oozed from it, like he'd gone molten against despair and confusion (and the Texas Rangers). In a start the Los Angeles Angels had to have, against an opponent they needed to beat, and nearing the hard decisions of the trading deadline, Santana exited in rivulets.
Leaving behind manager Mike Scioscia and catcher John Hester after only five outs, leaving behind any hope of significantly altering the AL West in one weekend, Santana gazed skyward.
The Angels needed help. And for the second time in three starts, Santana didn't pitch out of the second inning. For the sixth time in nine starts, he'd allowed at least five runs. His ERA in that time, which includes a one-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks, is 7.25.
The anomaly is not the blow-up start. The blow-up start is the norm. The freak outing is the competitive one.
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