Halo Highlights- Halos Lose After Two Rain Delays

By Jason Evans

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.