Angels Earn the Sweep as Tribe Falls Victim to West Coast Woes; Angels 7, Indians 1
Laurel Wilder | On 30, Apr 2014
The Indians came into their Wednesday night game riding a five-game losing streak, the longest losing streak of the season. They closed out their series with the Angels with a loss, getting swept yet again on the road trip as they fell to the Angels 7-1. They finished their west coast trip without any wins.
The Indians got on base early in the game, as Mike Aviles walked in the first inning with one out. However, nothing was able to be capitalized on during the inning, as Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana were each retired to end the inning. The Angels retaliated in the bottom of the first, as Howie Kendrick got on with a lead-off walk. He stole second with two outs, though Raul Ibanez struck out to end the inning.
The Tribe made it onto the board in the top of the second, as Asdrubal Cabrera made it on base after he was hit by a pitch. Yan Gomes struck out to put two outs on the inning, and a wild pitch by Wilson allowed Cabrera to advance to second with David Murphy at the plate. Murphy then singled on a line drive that scored Cabrera, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. Murphy was caught stealing second base to end the inning.
The Angels, however, did not let the Indians hold on to their lead for long, as David Freese walked to start the bottom of the second inning. Erick Aybar grounded into a force out that got Freese out at second, though the out did not cause much damage, as Hank Conger then homered in Aybar on a two-run home run. Collin Cowgill and J.B. Shuck ended the inning without putting any further runs on the board for the Angels, though they emerged from the inning with a 2-1 lead.
The Indians could not come back in the third, despite a lead-off double from Elliot Johnson to start the inning. The Angels, however, kept their streak alive as Albert Pujols hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning that scored Howie Kendrick, who had reached second after a single to start the inning, a stolen second base, and an advance to third on a throwing error by Yan Gomes.
The fourth inning did not allow further damage from either team, despite the Angels putting men on base in the bottom of the inning with a walk on Conger and a single from Cowgill. The fifth inning was much of the same, as the Indians were retired in order. Mike Trout walked in the bottom of the fifth for the Angels, and advanced to third on a double by Pujols with one out. At just over 100 pitches, McAllister was retired from the game in the bottom of the fifth after four and one-third innings, bringing in Marc Rzepczynski. Rzepczynski struck out Ibanez swinging, though he then promptly gave up a single to Freese that scored Trout and Pujols making it a 5-1 ballgame. Aybar was called out at first to end the inning, preventing the Angels from widening the lead any further.
Carlos Carrasco made a bullpen appearance for the Tribe in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out and two players on base for the Angels. Howie Kendrick forced into a ground out that resulted in Shuck thrown out at second. The hit also sent Cowgill to second and Kendrick to first. Trout then doubled, sending home Cowgill and Kendrick. The inning ended with the score being raised to 7-1 Angels.
Wilson remained in the game into the eighth inning, retiring the side in order to keep the Angels above the Tribe with a score of 7-1. John Axford came to the mound for the Tribe in the bottom of the eighth, the first time he had seen playing time during the Tribe’s road trip. He gave up a single to Conger to start the inning, thought Cowgill then hit into a double play. He retired Shuck to end the inning and take the Tribe into the ninth trailing 7-1.
Mike Morin made his Major League debut to close out the game for the Angels in the ninth, replacing Wilson who there 117 pitches to complete his outing. Michael Bourn led off with a single to right field, though Mike Aviles grounded into double play to put two outs on the inning. Swisher flew out to center field to end the game and secure the Tribe’s sixth loss in a row.
The Indians are now 11-17 on the year. They have an off-day tomorrow and will resume play back in Cleveland on Friday against the Chicago White Sox (14-15), when Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) will face John Danks (2-1, 3.48) and attempt to start May off with a much-desired win.
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