TEMPE, Ariz. — It didn't matter that Hector Santiago's four-inning, 42-pitch, one-hit, five-strikeout effort in Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday came against a Chicago Cubs split squad of reserves and minor leaguers.
It was still a significant step for an Angels left-hander who struggled with his command and pitch efficiency with the Chicago White Sox last season.
"Last year, I was usually close to 40 pitches in the second inning," said Santiago, who was acquired in the three-team Mark Trumbo trade. "Being efficient like that is nice. I can get ahead of guys and make them chase."
Santiago has not allowed an earned run in 6 2/3 spring innings in...