94 wins was how many games the Indians won a year ago but it wasn’t good enough for Home Field advantage it won’t be for this year either but for the Indians (94-57) beat the LA Angels in Southern California last night 6-3 and it was a great night pitching for Mike Clevinger (11-5). Clevinger pitched 6 innings with only allowing 1 earned run, striking out 6 and walking 2 batters in 6 innings, which was enough for the AL Central Champions who are the top seed in the American League by 1 1/2 games over the Houston Astros. So to talk a little bit about the game lets get right to it.
The Angels sent LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-6) getting a decent outing out of him going 5 and 1/3 innings, striking out 1 and walking 1 and obviously not a strikeout pitcher. The Indians sent out Mike Clevinger who had better outings out of the 2 pitchers. The Indians and Angels were both quiet on offense early, but then got right at it in the 4th Inning by a Double by Jay Bruce which scored a run in the 4th Inning. The angels were hungry for a win, just a game out of the Wild Card right now, they are really still in it and the Angels are playing in meaningful games, If they had Mike Trout all season this would be a whole different ball club, missing 47 games this season by sliding into second base on May 28th against the Marlins. They would probably more than just 3 games above if they had those 39 games of Mike Trout from May 29th through July 14th. Trout went 0-4 with his average dropping down to .311 now on the year and has yet Qualify for Average and probably won’t although he is still right there in the AL MVP race and get this stat, Trout has never finished worse than second in the MVP race in 5 full Major League Seasons.
In the 5th Inning Indians Catcher Roberto Perez hit a home run in the 5th Inning which gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the 5th Inning and the Indians looked like they were in pretty good control at that point of the ball game. Later in the bottom Half the Angels came right back and scored a run to cut the game to just a 2-1 lead heading into the 6th Inning with Kole Calhoun scoring on a CS play by Roberto Perez which the score at the Midway point through was 2-1 tribe. So in the 6th Inning the Indians cam right back with Jay Bruce hitting a triple which was his second XBH of the night at that point, reaching 3rd base and Yandy Diaz scoring him which made it a 3-1 lead and the Indians took a 3-1 lead at that point and that was the last part of scoring until they scored 3 runs in the 9th Inning to win. The Angels only scored 1 run which cut the game to 1 run at that point of the 8th inning.
In the 8th Inning for the Angels they scored a run and the also got a runner to third in Ben Revere and a runner home with Mike Trout was batting at that point who was 0-4 grounded out which forced the Angels to come back on defense and Made things really hard when the Indians came back in the 9th Inning and scored 3 runs with the Indians getting 4 on base which included 2 walks and 2 singles which was good for 3 runs and at that point just getting something to happen for the angels would have helped at that point.
The Indians improved to 4-0 in the season series against the Angels with a win last, they seem to be clearly better than the Angels at this point. All that the Angels could ask is to keep on winning games because they are only 1 game out of that 1st wild card spot. So wins are key for the Angels right now.
-Hugh Thorp-Co-Founder and President of 216 Sports