Makeup Game: Los Angeles Angels (87-55) at Cleveland Indians (74-67)
Bob Toth | On 08, Sep 2014
The Cleveland Indians busted out the brooms and swept Chicago over the weekend, making up for a horrible start against the White Sox this season to edge out the season series, ten games to nine. Monday, they will host the Los Angeles Angels in a makeup game from a rainout on June 18th.
The Indians (74-67) managed to win three games while scoring just seven runs. It was all possible thanks to the continued strong starting pitching that limited the White Sox to just two runs in the three games. Cleveland won Friday night in ten innings, 2-1, on a bases loaded, pinch-hit single by David Murphy in his first at bat off of the disabled list. Corey Kluber went the distance on Saturday night, allowing just five hits in a 3-1 win. Carlos Carrasco just missed a complete game of his own on Sunday, lasting a career-best eight and two-thirds inning in a four-hit shutout, 2-0.
The Tribe trails Kansas City by five games in the American League Central and Seattle by three and a half games in the AL Wild Card race. They are three games behind Detroit in both races.
The Angels (87-55) swept the Minnesota Twins in a four-game set, putting further ground between themselves and the second place Oakland A’s in the AL West. A sacrifice fly by Chris Iannetta in the top of the ninth off of closer Glen Perkins gave the Angels a 5-4 win on Thursday. They needed ten on Friday night, winning 7-6 on another sacrifice fly, this one from Erick Aybar. For a third straight game, the Angels needed a late score to win, scoring three runs in the ninth to win 8-5, dealing the Twins’ Jared Burton a second consecutive loss on Saturday. Los Angeles finally won decisively on Sunday, tagging the Twins for 19 hits in a 14-4 win.
Danny Salazar (6-6, 3.80 ERA) will look to keep the Indians’ starting pitching dominance going in Monday’s 1:05 PM ET start. He has won consecutive starts over Kansas City and Detroit and has allowed just three earned runs over his last four games. Jered Weaver (15-8, 3.56) will counter for Mike Scioscia’s Angels. He lost his last outing against Houston, despite a quality start. He allowed two runs in six innings and struck out six.
Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio, Fox Sports West, and the MLB Network will all show Monday’s makeup matchup. The affiliates of the Cleveland Indians Radio Network will handle radio calls in the Indians broadcast area, while KLAA 830 will air the game on the west coast.
Cleveland is 298-321 all-time against the Los Angeles Angels franchise. The Indians will look to even up their record on the shores of Lake Erie against the Halos, as they enter Monday with a 151-152 record.
The last time the two clubs met, the Indians took two of three in Cleveland in the middle of June. Trevor Bauer and Kyle Crockett each earned wins in that series. The Angels swept the Indians in three straight in Anaheim at the end of April.
Cleveland first baseman Nick Swisher (knee surgeries) is out for the season.
Los Angeles reliever Joe Thatcher was sent on a rehab assignment on Saturday. He is expected to return this week from his left ankle sprain.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton is day-to-day with a sore AC joint in his right shoulder.
The Angels have four pitchers on the disabled list out for the season. Sean Burnett, Brian Moran, and Tyler Skaggs are all recovering from Tommy John surgeries this season. Garrett Richards underwent left knee surgery in August.
Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to eleven games with his two singles in Sunday’s contest. It is his third hitting streak of eleven games or more this season and fifth of nine or more. He is hitting .317 in September and .413 during his active streak.
Michael Bourn is hitting .320 over his last two series with eight hits in 25 at bats. He extended his AL lead in triples with his tenth to lead off Sunday’s game.
Several Indians hitters have put up impressive numbers against Weaver. Carlos Santana has ten hits in 20 at bats (.500) with a pair of home runs and five runs batted in in his career. Mike Aviles has a .400 lifetime average, Lonnie Chisenhall a .357 mark, and Jason Giambi has hit .316 against him.
The Angels’ Howie Kendrick was 10-for-18 (.556) in the series against the Twins with a home run and eight runs batted in. He is hitting .285 on the season with 64 RBI. He had hits in all four games and five of his last six.
Third baseman David Freese also had hits in all four games of the Twins series, going 7-for-14 (.500) with a run batted in.
Center fielder Mike Trout leads the team with 32 home runs and 102 RBI while batting .285. His RBI total leads the AL and is second to just Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. He has also accumulated the second highest total of strikeouts in the AL this season with 160.
Angels first base coach Alfredo Griffin started his baseball career as a member of the Cleveland Indians.
Griffin was signed by the Tribe as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 1973. He debuted in the big leagues one month shy of his 19th birthday and got a hit on the first pitch he saw.
He spent parts of each of the 1976, 1977, and 1978 seasons with the Indians, playing no more than 14 games with the club in those seasons. His 31 games total with the organization were the fewest he played for the four teams he spent time with in the Majors.
He was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays following the 1978 season in a trade for pitcher Victor Cruz. The right-handed pitcher played just two seasons with Cleveland before being traded to Pittsburgh as part of the Bert Blyleven trade. Griffin became the AL Rookie of the Year with the Blue Jays in 1979, hitting .287 as the team’s everyday shortstop. He spent six years in Canada, playing every game of the 1982 and 1983 seasons and making his lone All-Star team for the club in 1984. After the season, he was traded to Oakland, where he spent three seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Griffin spent four years in LA before returning as a free agent to Toronto, where he spent his final two seasons. He appeared in the postseason three different times and reached the World Series all three years, winning rings with the Dodgers in 1988 and the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.
The Indians will host the Minnesota Twins for three games during the week before hitting the road for a big series in Detroit with the Tigers. The Angels will make the fourth and final stop on their road trip, as they head to Texas to play the Rangers for three straight. They, like the Indians, do not have a day off until September 25th.
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