Indians 4, Angels 3: Three Up, Three Down
May, 7, 2011
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesJered Weaver did not have any strikeouts in six innings against the Indians.
ANAHEIM -- Jered Weaver lost his second straight start and the Los Angeles Angels fell, 4-3, to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
For the first time in his career Weaver (6-2) went six innings and didn't record a strikeout. He was tied atop the American League with 55 strikeouts heading into Saturday. Manager Mike Scioscia will get another crack at win No. 1,000 on Sunday.
Free burgers. Angels fans haven't been shy about voicing their displeasure with Vernon Wells this season, but the left fielder made some friends Saturday. With his two-run bomb in the second, Wells secured a year's worth of free hamburgers for section 517. It was Wells' first home run as an Angel in Anaheim. What's that old adage about getting to someone's heart through their stomach?
Right side. Second baseman Howie Kendrick and first baseman Mark Trumbo each had two hits, combining to go 4-for-8 (the rest of the lineup went 4-for-24). Kendrick is tied for first in the AL with 16 multi-hit games. The duo is tied for the club lead with six home runs each.
Relief. Hisanori Takahashi and Rich Thompson combined for three scoreless innings out of the bullpen. It was a good sign for Takahashi, who had given up five earned runs in his previous two outings. Thompson leads AL relief pitchers with 22 strikeouts. The Angels' bullpen has not given up a run in its last 29 innings against Cleveland.
Dropping the curtain. With two outs in the fifth, Weaver had Grady Sizemore 0-and-2 before walking him. Weaver had Asdrubal Cabrera 0-2 and walked him too. Shin-soo Choo promptly snapped an 0-for-18 slump with a two-run double and Carlos Santana capped a seven-pitch at-bat with an RBI single. Weaver made 39 pitches in the inning. "It was very uncharacteristic of Jered," Scioscia said. "He's usually in the zone and he's not going to beat himself. A couple of at-bats got away from him."
Friendly hosts. Rookie pitchers shouldn't look as comfortable as Cleveland's Alex White did in his first career road start. White, 22, made just 58 pitches through four innings -- an 0-2 hanging slider to Wells in the second being his biggest mistake -- and exited after the sixth with the Indians leading, 4-3. "We watched video," Scioscia said. "Until you get into that batter's box, you're not going to get a feel for a guy."
Fool him twice. Maicer Izturis made a crucial out at third for the second straight night. Representing the tying run, Izturis tried to go from first to third on a ball hit in the infield. Third baseman Jack Hannahan threw to first, got the ball back while running to third and tagged Izturis out for the unconventional 5-3-5 double play. Scioscia had no problem with Izturis' aggressiveness. "If that throw [back] is off a little bit," Scioscia said, "you have a chance to tie the game right there."