"You just stand over there and it's like, 'What is he doing? It's too hot for this,' " Santiago said.
Few pitchers in the
Santiago's workday ended well before the
But Santiago, a 27-year-old left-hander, left a terrific impression.
"There's no doubt Hector Santiago is an All-Star-caliber pitcher this year," Angels Manager
Santiago gave up a run and three hits in seven innings. He struck out six batters and lowered his earned-run average to 2.58.
He did not figure in the decision, but if he continues to pitch the way he has lately, he could make it difficult for
Santiago said the key to his success this season was improved mechanics.
"Understanding my body, understanding mechanics and just making adjustments," he said.
On Sunday, Santiago retired the first 10 batters before
Santiago appeared a bit unnerved after he failed to get a strike call on a pitch that would have struck out
That was all the Mariners could muster against Santiago while the Angels tried to solve Hernandez, the 2010
Hernandez gave up one hit in six scoreless innings.
"Hector matched him pitch for pitch," Scioscia said.
Whether that kind of performance will be enough to land Santiago on the All-Star team for the first time remains to be seen.
"There's no doubt he's throwing the ball as well as the top 10 pitchers in our league … however you want to slice it up," Scioscia said. "But the selection process is dicey."
Santiago is 4-4 but has given up no more than one earned run in nine of his last 14 starts.
The Angels' victory improved their record to 39-37 and kept them four games behind first-place Houston in the AL West.
On Monday, the Angels open a three-game series with the
The Angels then embark on a nine-game trip to Texas, Colorado and Seattle before the All-Star break.
Santiago will probably make two more starts before the All-Star game.