ANAHEIM – Well, it sure felt like a Monday. Tonight’s game felt like a Monday a little bit as well, as it was a quick paced game that ended with the Cleveland Indians over powering the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-2. It was the off-field news that made the night a little bit more interesting.
Mike Trout was not in the starting lineup tonight after leaving last night’s game with tightness in his right hamstring. Mike Scoscia made it seem like it wasn’t something to fret about though as he said Trout was “maybe” available to pinch hit and that they’ll be keeping an eye on him for the next day or two just because of the possible severity of a hamstring injury.
It was also announced a few hours prior to the game that Albert Pujols was shutdown for the rest of the 2013 season. “It’s a decision that i think everyone can be at peace with and get Albert ready for next year,” said Scoscia while addressing the media.
In tonight’s game, the Indians and Angels both scored all their runs in the fourth and ninth innings. The Indians got a hold of Jered Weaver in the fourth, scoring four runs on five hits and a walk. One of the hits was from the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall who sent a pitch into the right field stands for a two-run shot, giving the Indians a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Erick Aybar lead the inning off with a double and was brought home by a Mark Trumbo single. The inning ended with Trumbo getting gunned down at the plate by Nick Swisher from right field.
The Angels bats were shutdown for the most part tonight by Zach McAllister. McAllister allowed just five hits and the loan run (explained above) while going six and a third innings. McAllister struck out five (all in the first three innings) on a 2-seam fastball with just little enough movement to fool the Angels hitters.
Scoring was done until the ninth when Nick Swisher committed murder on a ball, smashing it into the right field stands (on a high note, a fan threw the ball back all the way into the infield). He was followed in the bottom of the inning by Mark Trumbo who hit his fourth home run in the last three games (at least one home run in each game). It wasn’t enough however, as the Angels fell 5-2 to the Indians.
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
W – Zach McAllister (6-7, 3.59)
L – Jered Weaver (7-7, 3.62)
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