Mike Trout hit two of the Angels three home runs Tuesday night, accounting for four runs as the visitor’s pummeled the Indians 9-3 in the second game of a four-game series at Progressive Field.
While the Indians pitching staff couldn’t match the previous night’s tidy effort that resulted in an efficient Game One win, Angels young right-handed pitcher Matt Shoemaker did all the dominating on the mound in this game.
The youngster pitched a career-high eight innings, limiting the Tribe’s offense to two runs on a David Murphy ground out in the second inning and Lonnie Chisenhall solo home run in the fourth.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin dished up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits in just 5 1/3 innings en route to his fourth loss. Meanwhile, Shoemaker all but cruised through his start, limiting the Indians to five hits and striking out a career-best 10 in his fourth win of the season.
But just as the Tribe was coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth, the rain that had threatened all night began to fall. The tarp was called for and the game was delayed by 11 minutes before it continued after a breif shower.
Shoemaker initailly had come out looking to earn the complete game. But after the rain, reliever Ernesto Frieri was called on to finish off the game. But the Indians scratched another run across the plate when they opened the ninth inning against the Angels closer, who’d come on to get work in the blowout.
Kipnis led off with a double against Frieri, and Santana earned an infield RBI single when no one bothered to cover home plate and Kipnis scored.