American Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 21st
(All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (68-58) at LA Angels of Anaheim (55-70), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Justin Masterson (13-9, 3.59)
LA Angels - Jerome Williams (5-9, 4.90)
(Sports Network) - Justin Masterson will try to put the finishing touches on a
successful road trip for the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday when they attempt
to complete a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel
Masterson leads the Indians with 13 wins and a 3.59 ERA and is fourth in the
major leagues with 175 2/3 innings, including three complete games while going
six-plus innings in 23 of his 26 starts.
However, he is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA over his last three starts. But, he is 3-0
lifetime versus the Angels with a 2.59 ERA in 11 games (8 starts).
Cleveland improved to 5-3 on its nine-game trek Tuesday, as Drew Stubbs
smashed a two-run homer off Joe Blanton in the 14th inning to boost the
Indians to a 4-1 win.
The Indians totaled eight hits on the night and were hitless in their first 19
at-bats with men on base. They stranded two men in scoring position in the
13th when Asdrubal Cabrera flied out, but capitalized the next frame.
Lonnie Chisenhall singled to center with one out and Stubbs belted a 2-2
offering off Blanton (2-14) to left-center to give the Indians their fifth
victory in seven contests. They also pulled within 5 1/2 games of Detroit for
first place in the AL Central.
"It was a fastball, I knew I hit it good, but you never know," Stubbs said.
"When I knew it was over the fence it was more relief. This would have been a
tough game to lose."
Michael Bourn, who made a game-saving grab at the wall to rob Hank Conger of a
potential winning hit in the 12th, scored Cleveland's final run thanks to a
Blanton error. Bourn had an infield single, stole second and scored when
Blanton threw high to first on Jason Kipnis' bouncer in front of the plate.
Carlos Carrasco (1-4), the ninth pitcher of the night for the Indians, earned
his first victory since June 29, 2011. He put two men on base in the 14th
before retiring the final two hitters to end the 5-hour, 17-minute contest.
The teams combined to go 1-for-18 with men in scoring position and stranded 29
runners, 17 by the Angels.
"That was just a really fun game to be a part of," Indians manager Terry
Francona said. "There wasn't much offense going on, but both teams kept
playing until the end. We had some guys dig pretty deep."
J.B. Shuck homered to right on Danny Salazar's second pitch of the night, but
the Angels lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
It may not get any better for the Halos in Wednesday's finale, as they turn to
struggling right-hander Jerome Williams, who is 0-7 with a 7.26 ERA in 11
starts since rejoining Los Angeles' rotation.
"I don't really feel frustrated at all," said Williams, who is 5-9 with a 4.90
ERA. "Things haven't been going my way, so what can I do? I just have to keep
going out there and trying to get people out."
The Angels won two of three when these teams met up in Cleveland from Aug.
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