This was much needed. Whether that’s the tonic that’s going to cure all the Angels ills remains to be seen, however, if they are going to play better, this might be the performance that jump starts them. The Angels got off to a quick early lead and cruised to a 9-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
The first inning really helped. Zack Greinke only threw five pitches to get out of the inning. Then the bats went to work. Mike Trout led off with a double. Torii Hunter brought him home with a single. After a Albert Pujols walk, Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo drove runs in with singles. After a fly out, Howard Kendrick was hit by a pitch. Erick Aybar grounded into a force at home but Chris Iannetta delivered a single for the Angels fourth run of the frame.
In the top of the fourth, the Indians got on the board when Michael Brantley hit his fifth homer of the year. In the bottom half, Aybar hit his sixth homer of the year. Iannetta and Trout singled and after a strikeout, Pujols belted his 26th homer of the year. In the sixth, Hunter doubled and Pujols brought him home with a double of his own. In the top of the seventh, three singles loaded the bases. Ezequiel Carrera singled to drive home a run and Jason Kipnis drove a run in with a groundout. In the top of the eighth, former Angel Casey Kotchman hit a two run homer to conclude the scoring.