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Trout, Angels route Cleveland, 9-3

L.A. offense sends the Indians to their first loss at home since May 18

Trout, Angels route Cleveland, 9-3
All-Star Mike Trout went yard twice Tuesday night, leading the Angels to an easy win. (Photo: Thomas Ondrey)
June 17, 2014
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CLEVELAND—All good things must come to an end.

For the Indians and their 10 game winning streak at Progressive Field, things came to a screeching halt Tuesday night.

Exploding for nine runs on 15 hits, the L.A. Angels made quick work of the Tribe, sending them to a 9-3 loss to even up the four-game series.

Consistent all season long, right hander Josh Tomlin (4-4, 3.86 ERA) was overmatched by a lethal Halos lineup.

Entering the ballgame working at least six innings and allowing at most three runs per start this year, Tomlin tossed his worst outing in almost two years. Surrendering five earned runs on 11 hits through 5 1/3 innings, he struggled with control issues early on in the contest.

“I was kind of yanking pitches down and into righties and obviously down and into lefties,” Tomlin said. “It was something I was definitely battling throughout the game.”

It was the first time the right-hander yielded at least five earned runs in a start since July 27, 2012.

Things started out poorly for the Wahoo’s even before first pitch, as left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched from the original lineup due to concussion like symptoms.

Offensively, Los Angeles came out swinging from the outset, jumping out to the early one run lead on an RBI groundout by Albert Pujols in the first. Back-to-back hits by outfielders Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout set up not only the inning, but continued to reek havoc for Indians pitchers all night.

The Tribe came back to tie the game in the second on an RBI groundout of their own by David Murphy, before taking the lead in the fourth inning, courtesy of Lonnie Chisenhall.

Going 2-for-4 in the ballgame, Chisenhall belted his eighth homer off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (4-1, 3.83 ERA), giving his club their first lead. The third baseman ended his 0-for-13 skid at the plate with the long ball, raising his season average to .368.

“It was short-lived because he swung the bat really well,” manager Terry Francona said. “I think that’s the maturation of Lonnie.”

Indians bats were limited all night against Shoemaker, as the right-hander spun the best start of his big league career. The 27-year-old went eight strong innings giving up two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out 10.

“He threw a very good breaking ball and threw enough fastballs for strikes,” Francona said of the Angles starter.

Tomlin did settle in, retiring eight of the 10 batters in three scoreless frames after the first inning.

“I settled in a little towards the middle portion of the game, but I still made a couple mistakes in those innings and they made me pay for it,” Tomlin said.

Amidst a season of defensive struggles, error woes continued for Cleveland in the fifth. After a leadoff single by David Freese opened the inning, left fielder Raul Ibanez reached on a groundball error by Asdrubal Cabrera.

“I think he was trying to do a lot,” Francona said. “I think he was trying to get two. You always want to try and get an out, but I know what he was trying to do.”

It was the shortstop’s 13th error of the season.

Two batters later, the Angels duo struck again. Calhoun lined an RBI single to right field, to tie the game before Trout stepped in the box.

After a grueling eight pitch at-bat, Trout raked an opposite field three-run homer to the lower deck in right to give L.A. a 5-2 lead they never relinquished.

“I threw him a handful of cutters in that at-bat, hopefully trying to get him to take that pitch or foul it back,” Tomlin said. “But he didn’t and you saw what happened. He’s tough to pitch to, but I have to make a better pitch in that situation.”

It was the first of a two homer game for the two-time All-Star and 2012 American League Rookie of the Year.

“I think they should rest him tomorrow,” Francona said jokingly. “He has a chance to be a pretty good player so you don’t want to tire him out.”

Los Angeles outscored the Tribe 7-0 after the fifth inning, sending the Indians to their first loss at Progressive Field since May 18.

Cleveland (36-36) falls back to an even .500 on the season, dropping to a dismal 8-28 when scoring three runs or fewer.

Up next for Indians: The Wahoo’s look to get back in the win column Wednesday against the Angels. Right-handerJustin Masterson (4-5, 5.05 ERA) gets the start and will be opposed by southpaw C.J. Wilson (7-6, 3.50 ERA) at 7:05 p.m.

Follow Jim on Twitter @JBirdman27 or he can be reached via email at jberdysz27@gmail.com.

User Comments

Nick S
June 18, 2014 - 7:51 AM EDT
What kind of drugs are you on? It takes 6 full years in the majors to become a free agent. To say the Indians couldn,t afford Trout rookie contract,and 1 year arb. is the most stupidest thing I have ever heard. Do you realize the Indians signed Kipnis to a 52 million contract in his 3 year in the big league. Don,t comment on something you know nothing about!
brent
June 18, 2014 - 1:47 AM EDT
At this point I would rather have a short stop with no arms manning the position than asdrubal. the guy is killing us out there.

i was thinking tonight what if the Tribe had mike trout on their team? at what point would they have to trade him? they definitely could not afford him after his rookie contract was up or possibly even first year of arbitration. would be amazing to have him but makes you wonder how long they actually would be able to hang onto him - dude is too good for a small market team.

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