Box Score: Indians 0, Angels 3

The Tribe mustered a mere 5 hits and left the bases loaded in the 7th (after loading them with nobody out). Jimenez pitched well, but not well enough as Jared Weaver baffled Tribe hitters. Carlos Santana was 1 for 3 in his return to the line-up.

Scoring Summary
Top 5th: LA Angels
– E. Aybar hit sacrifice fly to deep center, H. Kendrick scored
Top 7th: LA Angels
– H. Kendrick homered to deep left center
Top 8th: LA Angels
– A. Callaspo walked, E. Aybar scored, A. Pujols to third, M. Trout to second
 LA Angels
E. Aybar ss412100000.262
T. Hunter rf401000101.276
A. Pujols 1b201002011.273
K. Morales dh401000001.279
M. Trumbo lf300001002.308
    M. Trout pr-lf000000000.339
A. Callaspo 3b301101101.259
H. Kendrick 2b321110013.280
P. Bourjos cf400000101.236
B. Wilson c401000100.188
2B – K Morales (10, U Jimenez).
HR – H Kendrick (5, 7th inning off U Jimenez 0 on, 1 Out).
SF – E Aybar.
RBI – E Aybar (21), A Callaspo (24), H Kendrick (30).
2-out RBI – A Callaspo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Trumbo 2, A Callaspo 1, H Kendrick 2.
Team LOB – 7.
 Base Running
SB – A Pujols (5, 2nd base off U Jimenez/C Santana), H Kendrick (5, 2nd base off U Jimenez/C Santana).
CS – E Aybar (2, 2nd base by U Jimenez/C Santana), A Callaspo (1, 2nd base by U Jimenez/C Santana).
DP – 2 (H Kendrick-E Aybar-A Pujols, E Aybar-H Kendrick-A Pujols).
S. Choo rf402000100.290
A. Cabrera ss400000002.295
J. Kipnis 2b300001001.272
M. Brantley cf401000000.280
C. Santana c301001000.221
J. Damon dh400000002.201
C. Kotchman 1b300000004.221
S. Duncan lf200001103.217
J. Hannahan 3b301000001.250
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Kipnis 1, S Duncan 2.
GIDP – A Cabrera, J Hannahan.
Team LOB – 6.
 LA Angels
J. Weaver (W, 9-1)7.05003200.942.13
S. Downs (S, 7)2.00000000.960.32
U. Jimenez (L, 7-7)7.28334411.544.59
J. Smith1.10000001.223.31

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Heeeeere offense, offense, offense! Where’d you run off to?

  • mgbode

    if you’re going to get shutout, then at least get shutout to a guy like Weaver

  • Exactly. Guys a stud. A lot of hard-hit outs. It happens.

  • Jack

    (re-post) We have so few major league baseball players.
    Damon, Kotchman, and Duncan just put up 3 of the worst at bats imaginable with bases loaded and nobody out.
    That’s the difference between pros and not pros. Ubaldo pitches great. He hits a batter…that batter proceeds to steal, get moved over, and score on a sac fly.
    The Indians load the bases with nobody out and can’t execute anything. That’s why no one comes to the ballpark, Chris.

  • Bill

    Agree with Jack. That 7th inning epitomized the season- bases loaded and our DH, 1st baseman, and LF outfielder can’t collectively do a darn thing. Pathetic. The fact that management still has not done crap to address these GLARING areas of need despite the team somehow staying within sniffing distance of the division lead is beyond frustrating as a true fan. The Indians will never win the WS with this ownership.

  • Well said. I like how some posters are saying things like “hey it was Weaver, we need to accept that we’ll lose because he is just sooo good.”

  • In all fairness, the headline is “Indians lose to Weaver,” which isn’t that surprising. But, yes, to these points, they need to execute with bases loaded and no outs if we are to take them seriously as contenders. I didn’t watch the game, so I’m glad someone pointed out the “bases loaded ineptitude” item, or else I would have accepted the Weaver angle.

  • mgbode

    just to bring this over to this thread to I suppose:

    Robinson Cano was in the same situation (bases loaded 0 outs) on Sunday and hit a meek grounder to Peavy who completed the double-play at HP ->1B.

    it’s a long season and stuff like that happens. it’s baseball.

  • Jack

    to re-respond:

    Not even in the realm of comparable. That was in the bottom of the 1st. Cano also went on to hit the game-winning bomb.

    But (more importantly), you’re mistaking my frustration with a single, isolated event. I’m saying that this (3 batters failing to execute anything close to professional ABs) in a row, is simply a microcosm of the Indian’s issues as a team–namely, that they do not have enough professional baseball players who can execute winning plays in key situations with any degree of consistency.

    Robinson Cano (despite struggling some with RISP this year) is a great hitter and very rarely puts up terrible ABs. Johnny Damon and Shelly Duncan are NOT professional baseball players but see regular ABs for this team.

    I for one can’t just say…’eh, long season.’ It’s not like this is the first time, or these other players happen to be perennial all-stars/HR derby champs. Bringing up a Cano GIDP is irrelevant. Why should that reasonably quell my frustration?

  • Jack

    over and over and over again? pattern recognition folks…

  • mgbode

    obviously it is frustrating, no doubt. i hate that we don’t have guys in the minors better who can take their place. perhaps weglarz, neal, or jordan in a year or so, but noone right now.

    but, the situation happens, which was my point.

    also, I think Shelley Duncan gets unfairly maligned. he’s not great, but he’s not terrible either. He’s got a fairly consistent MLB track record of between 100-125OPS+ w/ a cruddy BA but some power to make up for it. he is not a terrible guy to have in the bottom third of the order or as a 4th OFer.

    Damon is really the issue. if he was doing anything similar to what he has done each of the last 3-4 years, then we wouldn’t be complaining nearly as much. as it is, he is having his worst professional season in his career.