Los Angeles Angels Ready for Four-Game Set in Cleveland

By Jose Serrano

Late-inning heroics are starting to become a thing in Atlanta. After falling to the Angels in 13th inning Saturday, the Braves scored four unanswered runs off Hector Santiago Sunday night on their way to a series winning 7-3 victory.

Santiago held his own throughout five frames- allowing three base runners on two this-before falling apart in the sixth. B.J. Upton led off with a walk and Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back singles, cutting the Halos lead to 3-1. After Justin Upton’s infield RBI single, hot-hitting Tommy La Stella doubled in two off Kevin Jepsen. La Stella scored in the eight, capping a 3-for-3 night in which he extended his modest five-game hitting streak.

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Every Angels’ run came within the first three innings; first on solo home runs by Erick Aybar and Mike Trout, and then on Howie Kendrick’s RBI single to center. They were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base, reaching base twice after Braves starter Mike Minor exited after the fifth.

Still, the Angels finish with a 7-4 interleague record and outscored NL East opponents by an average of 1.9 runs per game, winning every series aside from this past weekend’s.

Pitching MatchupJered Weaver (7-5, 3.51 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (1-3, 4.24 ERA)

Jered Weaver wants to get the taste of last Wednesday’s loss out of his mouth; he yielded four runs over 5 1/3 innings in the Angels’ near sweep of Oakland. Stephen Vogt’s homer marked the sixth consecutive start in which Weaver has given up a deep ball.

No such problem exists at Progressive Field. Weaver is 6-0 over nine starts with a miniscule 1.64 ERA, including a complete game shutout in 2009. He’s allowed four home runs in that span, though two came in his most recent outing last August. He’d only allowed one run in the previous 36 innings.

UCLA alum Trevor Bauer makes his first-ever appearance against Los Angeles after giving up three runs on seven hits in Kansas City last week. Bauer has made three home starts where he’s 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA, allowing two runs or less each time.

Walk offs:

  1. Trout’s .207 batting average at Progressive Field is the second-worst of any stadium he’s played in.
  2. Cleveland leads the American League in errors (64).
  3. Earlier this season, the Angels swept a three game set with the Indians at Angel Stadium.

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