April 18, 2014

Box Score: Indians 4, Angels 0

Right on cue, Derek Lowe shut down the Angels to give the first-place Indians (11-9) a 4-0 victory over the visiting LA Angels (7-15).

Lowe (4-1) was dominant through 7 2/3 innings, exiting the game in the top of the eighth with runners on first and third — the most damage the Angels did all game. Vinnie Pestano then allowed a walk before getting a strikeout to end the inning, and the Tribe tacked on the final two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to provide for the final score. Chris Perez came in the ninth to close out the game and secure the series victory, although he didn’t earn a save.

Torii Hunter, who homered in each of the first two series games, had a bonehead sun-induced error in the fifth that allowed the first two Cleveland runs to score. Carlos Santana finished 3-for-4 with a double and Michael Brantley continued his recent hot streak with a 2-for-3 performance.

 LA Angels
  AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
M. Trout cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .000  
H. Kendrick 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .250  
    B. Wilson c 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200  
A. Pujols 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .216  
K. Morales dh 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .281  
T. Hunter rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .284  
M. Trumbo 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304  
V. Wells lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221  
M. Izturis ss-2b 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .278  
C. Iannetta c 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235  
    P. Bourjos pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167  
    E. Aybar ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218  
 Totals 29 0 3 0 0 3 4 1 7  
 
 Batting
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - M Trout 1, H Kendrick 2.
 
Team LOB - 5.
 
 Base Running
SB - M Izturis (5, 3rd base off D Lowe/C Santana).
 Fielding
E - T Hunter (1, field); K Jepsen (1, throw).
 
Outfield assists - T Hunter.
 
DP - 2 (E Santana-M Izturis-A Pujols, T Hunter-M Izturis-E Aybar).
 
 Cleveland
  AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
M. Brantley cf 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250  
J. Kipnis 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 .256  
A. Cabrera ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .286  
T. Hafner dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .295  
    J. Donald pr-dh 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .206  
C. Santana c 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262  
J. Hannahan 3b 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .290  
S. Duncan lf 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 .230  
C. Kotchman 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .149  
A. Cunningham rf 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243  
 Totals 31 4 9 1 0 2 3 0 16  
 
 Batting
2B - C Santana (3, E Santana).
 
S - J Hannahan.
 
SF - S Duncan.
 
RBI - S Duncan (8).
 
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Cabrera 1, T Hafner 2, S Duncan 1.
 
GIDP - A Cabrera.
 
Team LOB - 7.
 
 Fielding
E - C Santana (1, throw).
 
DP - 1 (C Kotchman).
 
 LA Angels
  IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
E. Santana (L, 0-5) 7.0 7 2 0 2 3 0 1.47 5.58  
K. Jepsen 1.0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1.57 10.29  
 
 Cleveland
  IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
D. Lowe (W, 4-1) 7.2 3 0 0 2 1 0 1.42 2.27  
V. Pestano 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.03 2.79  
C. Perez 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.33 4.00

  • LBCavsfan562

    Chris Perez looked the best I’ve seen him in a long time. He was hitting his spots and his fast ball looked good in the mid nineties. I thinkec he has really moved in from that opening day debacle and if he keeps this up should be dominant.

  • REEPJP

    This isn’t really important, but I think calling a sun induced error boneheaded is a little inaccurate….especially when talking about one of the best defensive outfielders of the last decade. Boneheaded out fielding should be reserved for Manny, Canseco, etc.

  • Yup

    Another game scoring 4 or less runs…just sayin’

  • USSChoo

    Averaging 4.55/gm, 6th in the AL and above league average. That is with a slumping Duncan a swinging broom at 1B and no Choo for 3 days. No concern over here.