Joe Blanton Gives Up Home Run In The 14th To Give Indians 4-1 Win Over The Angels

ANAHEIM – They say some games last a lifetime. Well, tonight’s game was about the equivalent to that time, as the game went fourteen innings (five hours, seventeen minutes). In the end, the after midnight affair finished with the Cleveland Indians topping the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4-1.

J.B. Shuck started off the night right for the Angels, clearing the fences for just the second time in his career. That would be it for the Angels though in the runs column.

Carlos Santana tied the game at one in the seventh with a solo shot of his own. The ball actually landed in the glove of center field Peter Bourjos, but Bourjos’ glove was knocked off as he came down from a leaping catch and landed on the far side of the wall. Bourjos hopped the fence to retrieve his glove, but the damage had already been done.

We didn’t see any scoring until the fourteenth inning, when the bottom of the Twins order came through in a big way. Drew Stubbs hit a two-run home run off of Joe Blanton. Joe Blanton helped with the other run as well, throwing what would have been the third out of the inning over the head of first baseman Mark Trumbo into right field, allowing the runner at third to come home safely. The Twins brought three across to take what would stay as the final, a 4-1 lead.

Both starting pitchers were effective. For the Angels, it was C.J. Wilson who went seven and a third, striking out five, walking two, and giving up four hits, one that left the yard (mentioned above). Opposite Wilson was Danny Salazar who had a stellar night as well. Although he was pulled after just 75 pitches, but over that span he struck out seven, allowed three hits, and walked just a pair.

The Angels bullpen, excluding Joe Blanton, combined for five and two thirds scoreless innings. The five relief pitchers (Dane De La Rosa, Ernesto Frieri, Juan Gutierrez, Michael Kohn, Kevin Jepsen, and Joe Blanton) combined to strike out six, and allowed just one hit over the same span.

Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California

Indians, 4     Angels, 1

W – Carlos Carrasco (1-4, 7.43)

L – Joe Blanton (2-14, 6.12)

 

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