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
M. Trout cf300001001.000 
H. Kendrick 2b400000203.250 
    B. Wilson c000000000.200 
A. Pujols 1b400000100.216 
K. Morales dh402000000.281 
T. Hunter rf400000102.284 
M. Trumbo 3b300000000.304 
V. Wells lf300000000.221 
M. Izturis ss-2b100002010.278 
C. Iannetta c301000001.235 
    P. Bourjos pr000000000.167 
    E. Aybar ss000000000.218 
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).
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).
M. Brantley cf312001100.250 
J. Kipnis 2b401000104.256 
A. Cabrera ss400000103.286 
T. Hafner dh401000002.295 
    J. Donald pr-dh010000000.206 
C. Santana c413000000.262 
J. Hannahan 3b200001001.290 
S. Duncan lf300100003.230 
C. Kotchman 1b401000002.149 
A. Cunningham rf311000001.243 
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.
E – C Santana (1, throw).
DP – 1 (C Kotchman).
 LA Angels
E. Santana (L, 0-5)7.07202301.475.58 
K. Jepsen1.02210001.5710.29 
D. Lowe (W, 4-1)7.23002101.422.27 
V. Pestano0.10001101.032.79 
C. Perez1.00000201.334.00
  • 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.


    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.