After winning 4 of their past 5 games against the Rays and Jays, the Angels couldn’t, by rhyme or reason, solve the Cleveland Indians. The Indians came in to Anaheim riding a 7 game winning streak, including a 3 game weekend sweep over the Seattle Mariners.
They didn’t take long to tee off on Angels starter, Tyler Chatwood, scoring 4 runs in the first two innings, including homeruns by Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt LaPorta. After that, Chatwood, and the Indians calmed down. Chatwood showed a curve ball that once he gains a little more experience, will be deadly. If you ask me if Chatwood, Palmer, Kazmir should be the 4th starter, I would say Chatwood. I will reiterate that I still Like Trevor Bell.
The Angels bullpen is at the top of their game right now. Francisco Rodriguez, Scott Downs and Rich Thompson threw another 4 innings of shutout ball. That’s more than 15 innings since the Halos bullpen allowed a run to cross the plate.
For 8 innings the The Angels offense was put on ice by Cy Young, I mean Mitch Talbot. Talbot, who last threw 8 innings in May of 2010, came within three outs of a complete game and his first career shutout. He had the Angels off balance all night, holding them to just 5 hits. Bobby Abreu’s 9th inning double finally sent Talbot to the fitting room–or make that the shower. Cal State Fullerton’s Vinny Pestano came in and shut the, or make that slammed the door, on the Angels. The Angels did get a great performance out of Vernon Wells, who went 0-4 and is now hitting .091. When he popped out to right in the 9th, the boos cascaded down on him from the not so laid back Southern California fans. Maybe he needs a day off.
I am very surprised at the Indians success. In the spring, they looked awful. I actually talked to a number of long-time Indian fans, who just didn’t want to see their team lose 100 games for the first time in 20 years. Those Tribe fans were awesome. Passionate about, and dedicated to a team that has lost players such as Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia, Victor Martinez and Brandon Phillips over the past few years. I don’t know how long they can keep this up, but I bet you they are eating this up in Cleveland.
So the Indians streak is now at 8 as they shutout the Halos 4-0.
Tomorrow should be a great pitching matchup as Dan Haren faces off against Fausto Carmona.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.