The Angels will eventually hit, but their season-beginning offensive futility continued this weekend, and the Tribe pitchers share a portion of the credit. Derek Lowe tossed 7.2 shutout innings en route to his fourth victory of the season. It's only April, but the Indians' trade for Lowe is looking like one of the better offseason moves in baseball. He's averaged 6.1 innings per start, and will end the month with a fine 2.27 ERA. He's once again a sinkerball pitcher, something that was on full display today; he recorded 16 of his 23 outs on the ground. He didn't even really take advantage of the strong wind blowing in today.
Ervin Santana made his first start in Cleveland since his no-hitter last season. He had been struggling so far this season, allowing 19 earned runs in 23.2 innings (7.23 ERA) along with a league-high 10 home runs, but he didn't look bad today. He would allow just two runs in seven innings, both unearned, and coming on the same miscue. With two outs and two on in the bottom of the fifth, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a pop fly directly at Angels right fielder Torii Hunter, but Hunter lost the ball in the sun, letting it drop just a foot or so from his glove. Both runners scored, and that would be enough for Lowe and the Indians bullpen.
The Indians scored two more runs in the eighth, one directly attributable to another error. After Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana opened the inning with singles, Jack Hannahan laid a bunt down to move both runners up a base, but the throw to first glanced of second baseman Maicer Izturis' glove; a run scored, and Santana went to third. Shelley Duncan knocked home the fourth run of the day with a sacrifice fly. So none of the Tribe's four runs came on an RBI hit.