Game 118: Indians-Angels …
Looking to win their first series since July 25, the Angels will face Roberto Hernandez, the former Fausto Carmona, who was arrested for identity fraud in January and makes his first start of 2012 tonight — under a different name, and three years older than what was previously in his birth certificate.
“It’s bizarre. I mean, it’s just bizarre,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “But I’m sure his stuff will be the same as Hernandez as it was with Carmona –he’s got a really good arm, heavy sinker and when he’s getting that ball over the plate, he gets a lot of groundballs.”
Told he’s older now, by definition, Scioscia quipped: “So I guess he’s lost a little bit of his stuff, then, huh?”
Pitching: RH Roberto Hernandez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Pitching: RH Ervin Santana (5-10, 5.82 ERA)
- In case you hadn’t noticed, Albert Pujols isn’t in the lineup tonight. “Last night he was a little tired after the game,” Scioscia said. “I’m just trying to give his legs a recharge day, and hopefully he’ll be ready to go tomorrow. That’s what we anticipate.”
- Scott Downs (left shoulder) felt good coming out of his sim game on Tuesday and is all set to do it again tomorrow. He’s not sure if it’ll be the final step, but he feels like it can be.
- Trumbo, on three perfect games taking place in 2012 (and three additional no-hitters) now that Felix Hernandez got one: “I don’t know if there’s any explanation other than these guys have been that good. These are just flat-out quality arms. A perfect game is unbelievable, just everything that has to go into it. Not just not giving up a hit, but no walks, no errors. It helps that he has the kind of swing-and-miss pitches that he has. But credit to him, man, I know he’s flirted with it a couple of times before. It’s great that he got one, he’s a great guy, has always been pretty nice to me, and I’m happy for him.”
- Scioscia, on Melky Cabrera‘s PED suspension: “It’s unfortunate. It’s a policy that’s there for a reason, it’s something that needs to be enforced, and I think that as well as Mellky has played, when you read something like this, it knocks the wind out of you. It’s very disappointing.”