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Game 118: Angels 8, Indians 4

No, it didn't rain in Anaheim last night.
No, it didn't rain in Anaheim last night.


Brooks Baseball Pitch FX - Roberto Hernandez

For an inning, the debut of Roberto Hernandez looked encouraging. Three quick outs, all on the ground. Then the defense imploded, and Hernandez with it. The Angels opened the second with two base hits, and a Hernandez wild pitch moved them both up a base. An Alberto Callaspo single plated a run, but then a sure double play ball was booted by Brent Lillabridge and the instead of the rally ending at two runs (the bases would then have been empty with two outs) the Angels would score 5 more runs (and the Indians would commit another error), and the rout was on. The line in inning two: five runs, five hits, three errors.

Hernandez (the former Fausto Carmona, in case you've just been living under a rock all this time) would pitch six innings, saving the bullpen, but would give up another three runs over the next four innings. 5 of those 8 runs were earned, so you can't blame the bad outing on just errors. But the timing of those errors was especially bad, as Hernandez was pitching in a major-league game for the first time in 11 months, and he seemed pumped to go. His stuff look pretty good even after the long layoff; he recorded more than double his outs on the ground than the air. He also didn't walk a batter, which was a bit surprising, as control is usually the common thing missing for a pitching who hadn't pitched in a while.

So for the Indians to even compete, they would have had to repeat their previous games this season against Angels starter Ervin Santana, for in his outings against the Indians after his no-hitter the year before, he's been rocked by Tribe hitters (and most other clubs'). But this time he pitched well, holding the Indians to a run on four hits in seven innings. The Indians would once again make the score look less a laugher by scoring three late runs off the Angels bullpen; Shin-Soo Choo launched a three-run homer in the eighth off of Jason Isringhausen. The home run for Choo was just the second since July 23rd; he's hit just .227/.312/.381 over the last 28 days after being hot at the plate the previous two months.

Source: FanGraphs