ANAHEIM – Not a lot of runs came across over the series but the Cleveland Indians swept the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with their 3-1 win today.
The Angels loan run came off of an RBI double from Hank Conger in the sixth, bringing home Josh Hamilton. Conger finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk, and of course the RBI double.
Peter Bourjos was the only other Angels player with multiple hits tonight, as he broke his 0-for-20 stretch with a pair of singles, the first being a bunt single.
The Indians took the lead in the third and never looked back. Nick Swisher hit his second home run of the series on a 2-2 count, bringing Michael Bourn home with him, who lead the inning off with a triple. The Indians scored their third run on a wild pitch in the ninth, but the two previous runs were “insurance” enough to maintain the lead.
Despite suffering the loss, Jerome Williams had a quality outing. Williams went six and a third, allowing six hits, and two runs (off of Swisher’s home run). Williams shied away from his usual 2-seam fastball, and used his changeup to strike out three, his sinker to “K” two, and his 4-seam to get the last in his six strikeout performance.
Justin Masterson was the opposing pitcher, and he didn’t have too bad of a night himself. Masterson struck out seven, allowing just one run on ten base runners (five hits, five walks).
The Angels hit the road for the next nine games, as they’ll head north to Seattle for three, far south to Tampa Bay for three, and then north again to Milwaukee for… you guessed it, three.
THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
– The return of Mike Trout; Trout was out of the series lineup with tightness in his right hamstring. It’s not something to fret over, but it’s something we’ll keep an eye on.
– The return of Howie Kendrick; Kendrick was eligable to be activated from the disabled list today, but it’s only imminent that his return may not be as soon as expected. He’ll continue to field grounders during batting practice, but it sounds like Kendrick may miss another series.
– Erick Aybar and Jason Vargas waivers; Both are on the waivers list, and both are eligable to be picked up by anyone, at any time.
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
Indians, 3 Angels, 1
W – Justin Masterson (14-9, 3.50)
L – Jerome Williams (5-10, 4.80)
S – Chris Perez (20, 3.30)
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