Angels Look to End Two-Game Skid Behind Matt Shoemaker

By Jose Serrano

Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jered Weaver entered yesterday’s contest in Cleveland having given up home runs in six straight outings. Make that seven.

The Los Angeles Angels’ ace lost his first-ever decision at Progressive Field in a 4-3 Indians win. Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana took Weaver (7-6) deep, and Michael Bourn added an RBI single; all within the first four innings. Weaver’s minute 1.64 career ERA in Cleveland jumped to 2.04 after the seven-inning, six-hit performance, marking his second consecutive loss.

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Angels hitter’s weren’t without blame. The one through four batters went 3-for-18 at the plate and 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The only bright side, aside from Chris Iannetta’s two-RBI double, was Mike Trout extending his hitting streak to 11 in a row.

Coming off their season-high five game winning streak, the Angels have lost four of the first five in a seven-game road trip. The also suffer their first loss to the Indians after sweeping a three-game set at the Big A earlier this season.

Pitching MatchupMatt Shoemaker (3-1, 4.19 ERA) vs. Josh Tomlin (4-3, 3.33 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker makes his 11th appearance of 2014 after posting a 3-0 mark and 3.76 ERA as a starter. His road stats aren’t as impressive. In four outings outside of Angel Stadium-two as a starter- Shoemaker has yielded nine runs and eleven hits in 13 2/3 innings, leading to a 5.93 ERA.

The rookie right-hander didn’t pitch in Cleveland’s visit April 28-30. It will be his first time facing the Tribe and his first start since holding the Chicago White Sox to three earned runs over five innings on June 7.

Josh Tomlin has the lowest WHIP among Indians starters but looks to recover from the season-worst nine hits Boston got last Thursday. Still, Tomlin holds opponents to a .190 batting average at Progressive Field and hasn’t given more than three runs in any home start.

Tomlin hasn’t faced the Angels since 2011, but has limited them to 10 extra-base hits and a .244 on-base percentage in three starts.

Walk offs:

  1. Weaver has allowed 95 home runs in 95 2/3 innings.
  2. Cleveland is on a season-high 10 game home winning streak.
  3. Howie Kendrick is the only Angels’ with success off Tomlin, going 2-for-6 with a walk.

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