CLEVELAND -- Last July 27 was a sunny summer afternoon in Cleveland. The Angels were playing some of their best baseball of the season.
On that day, Ervin Santana no-hit the Indians.
Fast forward to April 29, 2012, a chilly day beside Lake Erie. The Angels have struggled out of the gate, off to their worst start (7-15) since 2002 after a 4-0 loss to the Indians on Sunday.
Santana has taken a loss in each of his first five starts after allowing two unearned runs over seven innings to the Indians on Sunday, lowering his ERA to 5.58 in the process. The right-hander has allowed a league-high 10 home runs in 30 2/3 innings.
"His stuff looks great, it's just really about putting pitches together," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's really just getting back to basics for Ervin and doing what he does well more consistently."
Though he's off to a dismal start, Santana should have been thrilled to face the team he no-hit, right?
"No. Not at all," Santana said, prior to Sunday's game. "It's just another game and a different year."
Rotation mate Jerome Williams said if he was in Santana's shoes, he would study what worked during the no-hitter and apply it to his next outing.
"If I did bad, then I'll look at what I can do better," Williams said. "If I did well, then I'll look at the things I did well and try to repeat them."
Santana hasn't forgotten the day he threw the ninth no-hitter in franchise history. In that outing, he walked one and struck out 10.
"It meant a lot because I'm in the books now," Santana said. "It's not something that's easy to do. Not many people get a chance to do that and I feel special because of that.
"It's definitely something I'll never forget."