By: Kyle May
Despite Mike Trout’s 4-for-4 performance, the Angels fell to the Indians again at Progressive Field. Abraham Almonte hit his first career grand slam, which backed a strong outing by Josh Tomlin on the mound.
Josh Tomlin worked 7 innings of 2 run baseball and earned his 3rd win of the season on Sunday afternoon. He fanned 8 Angels batters and walked none. Tomlin has now pumped 4 quality starts since returning from the DL.
Almonte’s grand slam highlighted a big day for the Indians offense. He ended the game going 2-for-4. Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 and drove in 3 runs. Michael Brantley continued to swing a hot bat and went 2-for-4. Brantley is hitting .424 for the month of August.
Jered Weaver was shelled. He allowed 8 runs in 6 innings of work, including the grand slam to Almonte. “One too many heaters in, or if you still call it a fastball, I don’t know,” Weaver said of the pitch. “Whatever you guys want to call it.” He also walked 4 batters and only struck out 2 batters. Weaver is now 6-10 with a 4.94 ERA for 2015.
Grant Green’s solo homerun in the 6th inning was one of the only bright spots for the Angels’ struggling bats. Mike Trout completed 3 legs of the cycle (single, double, triple) in a 4-for-4 effort, including an RBI single in the 8th inning. Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4.
The Angels are in their worst slump of the season and need to turn it around if they want to have any hopes at the playoffs. Since July 28, the Angels’ playoff odds have dropped from 88% to 22%. They now hold a 6% chance at winning the division.
What is next for these clubs?
The Angels are headed to Oakland to take on the A’s at the O.co Coliseum. Hector Santiago (7-8, 3.13 ERA), will get the nod for the Halos. He is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the A’s dating back to the start of the 2014 season. Felix Doubront (1-1, 3.70 ERA) will be on the hill for Oakland. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PT.
Cleveland will head north of the border to begin a series with the Blue Jays. The first matchup in the Rogers Centre will pit Danny Salazar (11-7, 3.30 ERA) against David Price (13-4, 2.42 ERA). Salazar will be starting since being scratched from Friday’s start due to a virus. Price is a 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 5 starts since joining the Blue Jays. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 ET.