Player of the Game
Zach McAllister had another typical game, throwing 6.1 innings and allowing just a single run. His fast ball was working well for strike outs early (he retired four batters this way), but his real friend was the double play. The Indians turned three behind the sinker-baller, but only two were of the ground ball variety. Overall he allowed just seven base runners (five hits and two walks) in what was a spectacular start.
The Indians are built to be a low scoring, close game team, whether they like it or not, so tonight ending up being a great match-up for the Tribe. A switch in starters just prior to start time allowed Zach McAllister to take the hill against Jered Weaver while Danny Salazar will be saved for tomorrow. McAllister did his job, keeping the Angels scoreless long enough for the Indians to take a 4-0 lead.
The Indians four run fourth came about with the help of a few batters who have been struggling of late. After Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera started things off with hits, Jason Giambi hit a sacrifice fly to score the second run. To end the scoring, Lonnie Chisenhall blasted a two run home run to right field, ending an 0-12 streak and a span of 11 games without an RBI.
A questionable call saved the Indians a run in the fourth inning after the Angels had already scored once. Chris Nelson hit a fly ball to right field and Nick Swisher made a throw to the plate in order to catch Mark Trumbo who was attempting to tag up. The throw went up the line and Yan Gomes caught it, making the tag in one movement. The controversy was in whether or not Gomes ever actually made the tag, but Trumbo was called out and the inning was over. Video evidence was unsubstantial.
Scoreboard Watch: Both Wild Card leading teams (Tampa Bay and Oakland) won tonight, but since the Rays were playing the Orioles, one team ahead of the Indians lost. The Tigers were off, but will make up the lost day on Thursday when the Indians have a day off. Detroit is moving on to play Minnesota, also a feathers down as the Twins shouldn't provide a difficult match-up for the Central Division leaders.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2