The Angels dealt with two rain delays and subpar pitching performances as they lost the middle game of their series with Cleveland 9-5. Dan Haren fell to 4-6 with an era over 4.50 for the season.
The Indians took a lead three batters in as Jason Kipnis drove in Shin-Soo Choo who led off with a triple. In the second, Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman singled. Shelley Duncan drove in Brantley with a sac fly and Jack Hannahan drove home Kotchman on a double. Duncan homered in the fourth to give them a 4-0 lead. The Angels got the lead briefly in the fifth. Alberto Callaspo and Howard Kendrick singled. A run came in on Hannahan’s throwing error and then Mike Trout clubbed a three run homer to tie the game. Two batters later Albert Pujols hit his 13th homer of the season. The Indians came right back as after a double and walk, Jose Lopez hit a double of his own to end Dan Haren’s night. Two runs came into score on Albert Pujols throwing error to home plate on a ground ball by Michael Brantley. In the seventh, after two singles, Brantley drove a run in with a ground out. In the eighth, after a double, Aaron Cunningham drove a run home with a single.
The Angels concluded their first half of the season (if you can believe it) with a 45-36 record. They are five behind Texas but lead in the Wild Card Standings. Game one of the second half is today at 4:05 ET /1:05 PT with Ervin Santana facing Derek Lowe. Happy and safe fourth of July to everyone.