One Mistake; Angels 2, Indians 1
By Mike Brandyberry
When a pitcher finds themselves in a pitcher’s duel, just one mistake can make the difference in the game. Both Josh Tomlin and Jered Weaver made a mistake in the seventh inning, but Tomlin’s was a two-run double to Mark Trumbo and Weaver’s was a solo home run to Matt LaPorta giving the Angels a 2-1 victory Tuesday evening.
Josh Tomlin, who has struggled at times lately, matched Weaver, and his league leading 1.79 ERA, pitch for pitch for sixth innings. In the top of the seventh, Bobby Abreu led off with a base hit. After retiring the next two hitters, and first base open, Tomlin intentionally walked Howie Kendrick to get to Trumbo. Trumbo laced a double to the right center field wall scoring both runners.
The Tribe answered back in the bottom of the seventh when Matt LaPorta hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 2-1, but the Indians could get not find a way to tie the game.
The Indians looked for some more late inning magic in the ninth inning. Travis Hafner led off the inning with a base hit. Carlos Santana followed with another base hit to right field and after Lonnie Chisenhall’s sacrifice bunt, turned to a fielder’s choice when the Angels were unable to get the lead runner, the Indians had the bases loaded and no one out.
LaPorta was jammed by Jordan Walden and the Angels turned a 4-2-3 double play. Jason Kipnis could not find the Monday’s magic and struck out to end the game. The defeat, combined with the Tigers’ victory, drops the Indians to two behind in the AL Central standings. With four days before the trade deadline, the Indians are desperately in need of an offensive push.