American League Game Summary - Cleveland at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Tuesday, August 20th)
Final Score: Cleveland 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 1 (14 innings)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Drew Stubbs smashed a two-run homer off Joe
Blanton in the 14th inning to boost the Cleveland Indians to a 4-1 win over
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 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.
"Joe has had a couple of rough outings this week and he had another one
tonight," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's had a rough time getting
Cleveland's first run came on Carlos Santana's 15th homer of the year, a shot
to center leading off the seventh. Peter Bourjos saw the ball go by his glove
as he jumped at the fence. Bourjos' glove landed over the fence.
The Angels put two runners on base in the seventh, but Shuck grounded out to
end the threat. Cleveland filled the bases the next inning, Dane De La Rosa
struck out Yan Gomes.
Los Angeles had a rally going in the eighth, but with men at first and second,
Josh Hamilton was picked off the lead base by an alert Joe Smith. Kole Calhoun
singled to put runners at the corners, but Chris Nelson struck out swinging to
send the game to the ninth.
Both teams had a runner in scoring position in the ninth. Cabrera made a
sliding stop on a ground ball up the middle by Erick Aybar and threw to first
to force extra innings.
The Angels filled the bases with nobody out in the 10th, but the Indians
escaped the jam. Matt Albers fanned Nelson, Rich Hill retired Conger on an
infield line out and Bryan Shaw struck out Grant Green. Conger was actually
hit by a pitch on his knuckle, but because he offered on the squeeze play it
was ruled a strike.
"We caught a break on the squeeze," Francona said.
With men on first and second in the 12th, Bourn saved the Indians by robbing
Conger of a potential winning hit with his leaping grab.
Salazar allowed three hits and had seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings, while
Angels starter C.J. Wilson yielded four hits and fanned five over 7 1/3
The Indians released starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday ... Angels
outfielder Mike Trout missed his second straight game due to a tight right
hamstring ... The 14 defeats are a single season-high for Blanton, who had 13
combined with the Phillies and Dodgers last year ... The Angels have lost
eight of their last nine home games.
08/21 04:01:22 ET