American League Game Summary - Cleveland at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Wednesday, August 15th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Cleveland 4
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Ervin Santana finally won at home against the
Santana pitched seven strong innings and Mike Trout hit one of two homers off
Roberto Hernandez in his return to the majors under a different name, as the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim posted an 8-4 victory Wednesday night.
Hernandez (0-1), who played the first six years of his career under the
identity of Fausto Carmona, gave up 10 hits and eight runs -- five earned --
over six innings.
Santana (6-10), who was winless in seven previous starts against the Indians
at Angel Stadium, surrendered a run on four hits. He's 2-8 lifetime versus
Cleveland, but has a four-start overall unbeaten string. His other win was a
no-hitter July 27, 2011.
"I was able to keep the ball down tonight," Santana said. "I always think
positive. I might not have the good results, but I know I'm a good pitcher.
It's good to get all the offense we've had the last couple of nights."
Vernon Wells and Chris Iannetta each knocked in two runs for the Angels, who
took the final two contests of this three-game series. Kendrys Morales had
three hits and scored twice.
Shin-Soo Choo clubbed a three-run homer in the eighth inning for Cleveland.
It's been a tough road back to the majors for Hernandez, who was arrested on
Jan. 19 outside the United States consulate in Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic, after it was discovered that he had been pitching under a false
name. The charges were later dropped in exchange for community service, and
Hernandez returned to the U.S. with a new visa on July 21.
Major League Baseball hit Hernandez with a three-week suspension, but he was
reinstated from the restricted list on Saturday.
The Indians committed three errors during a five-run second inning. Morales
and Mark Trumbo singled before both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Alberto
Callaspo then lined an RBI single to left field.
It became 2-0 when shortstop Brent Lillibridge couldn't handle a grounder from
The trouble continued when Maicer Izturis bunted for a hit to load the bases,
as catcher Carlos Santana couldn't come up with the barehanded pick-up.
Iannetta followed with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Trout swiped second with two outs for his 29th consecutive steal, extending a
club record. Santana made a poor throw to second and then the throw home from
Lillibridge was way off target, as the lead expanded to 4-0.
Trout scored on Erick Aybar's triple into the corner in right field.
"Again, we won the second half of the game, but that second inning killed us,"
Indians manager Manny Acta said. "I thought Hernandez did OK. Unfortunately,
we didn't play good behind him."
Morales scored on a grounder from Wells in the third inning and Trout
delivered a homer to left the next frame.
Home plate umpire Greg Gibson suffered an injury above his left eye in the
bottom of the fifth inning and was forced to leave the game.
Torii Hunter tried to score from first base on a double off the wall in right
field by Morales. Hunter charged to the plate and seemingly avoided the tag by
Santana. As Hunter completed his head-first slide, the spikes on his left foot
hit Gibson in the face. Hunter was called out.
"I felt something on my heel," Hunter said. "Today I had my rubber spikes on.
If I had my steel spikes, he could have been missing an eye. He's a tough guy.
He was blessed that I didn't wear my steel spikes today."
The 43-year-old Gibson received medical attention to stop the bleeding and he
was replaced by Manny Gonzalez, who moved from first base. Gerry Davis slid
over from second to first base.
Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in a run in the top of the sixth, but Iannetta went
deep to center field in the bottom half.
Indians right-hander Cody Allen escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of
the eighth by getting Iannetta to ground into a double play. Allen has logged
12 1/3 consecutive shutout innings since having his contract selected from
Triple-A Columbus July 20 ... The Angels have won seven of their last 10 home
games against the Indians ... Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was given the
night off and was out of the starting lineup for only the third time this
season ... Hernandez is 0-4 lifetime against the Angels.
08/16 01:38:35 ET