They say that no lead is safe at Coors Field. Well, that should go double for anytime Ervin Santana is the one charged with protecting said lead at Coors Field. Leave it to good ol' Big Erv to take a 6-1 lead in the second inning and turn it into a ballgame that was a lot more interesting than it needed to be.
The point I think was best made by Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza (but mostly Victor), that Santana just didn't have the mentality to finish off batters or innings. And, really, kudos to Rojas for going after Santana on that point. I like to listen to the opposing team broadcast now and again to get to hear announcers I am unfamiliar with, and the level of homerism is shocking at times, but I digress. The fact of the matter is that Santana continues to struggle and there is no obvious reason why.
His velocity is down ever so slightly, but not enough to make this kind of difference. His slider is working about as consistently as it usually does. He has given no indication of being injured. It is even hard to blame his command in this game because he was consistently getting ahead of hitters, but still managed to get himself in trouble. He walked just one batter today, ironically the opposing pitcher, but if his command did fail him, it was because he was missing over the plate. He can try and blame Coors Field all he wants, but this was not the humidor failing Santana. This was Santana failing himself by losing focus, assuming he ever had it to begin with.
At some point something has to give with Ervin and it seems likely to happen soon as even Scioscia, despite his recent vote of confidence, couldn't seem to hide the frustration on his face this game.
Angels 10, Rockies 8