Game #81: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (45-36) at Cleveland Indians (41-39)
By Mike Brandyberry
Last night the Cleveland Indians suffered through two rain delays and shaking defense to defeat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 9-5. Jack Hannahan made a very uncharacteristic throwing error, leading to the Angels five run-inning. Storms swept through the area all evening, delaying the game twice.
Today, the Indians celebrate our country’s birthday by officially reaching the halfway point of the season. Derek Lowe (7-6, 4.42 ERA) will try to get himself back on track today when he takes the mound. He earned a no-decision last Friday evening in Baltimore after allowing seven runs in five and one-third innings. Lowe has struggled, going 0-3, with a 7.71 ERA over his last five starts.
He’ll be opposed by another struggling pitcher, Ervin Santana (4-8, 5.12 ERA). He allowed five runs in five innings in Toronto, Friday evening and received a no decision. Santana has a 4.13 ERA over 12 career starts against the Indians in his career, but has given the Tribe troubles over the last couple seasons. He is 1-1, with a 2.39 ERA over the last three season against the Indians, including the only no-hitter in the history of Progressive Field.
The Tribe will activate Travis Hafner from the 15-day disabled list today. Hafner has not seen game action with the Indians since May 23. He’s been sidelined with knee inflammation and a partially torn meniscus. He was 1-for-10 in three rehabilitation starts with Triple-A Columbus. The Indians made room for Hafner by placing Shelley Duncan on the paternity list. He can miss up to three games. His wife is expecting twins.
Game time begins at 4:05 pm today at Progressive Field, with all the action able to be seen on SportsTime Ohio and heard on 1100-AM WTAM and the Indians Radio Network.
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