The Cleveland Indians swept the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field 9-2 to complete a perfect 5-0 homestand. Solid starting pitching from Josh Tomlin, early offense and a little bit of help from the sun gave the tribe their first series sweep of the Angels since the 2000 season.
The Indians have had their problems against Angels starter Jered Weaver in the past but not on this day. Michael Brantley would get the Indians on the board in the first inning with an rbi double to the right field corner to score Jason Kipnis to give the tribe a 1-0 lead.
The Indians scored a pair off Weaver in the opening inning thanks to an assist from the sun. Carlos Santana would hit a routine fly ball to right center field. Mike Trout who seems to catch any baseball he can get lost the ball in the sun and it drops in for a double to score Brantley to make the score 2-0. Trout had a four hit game and was just a home run short of the cycle on Sunday, but that play will be the one most people will remember from this game.
The sun will help Santana and the Indians for a second time in the fifth inning. Santana would hit another routine fly ball, this time to right field. Kole Calhoun would lose the ball in the sun giving Santana his second double of the game. Weaver and the Angels would pay the ultimate price for it. After walking Lonnie Chisenhall intentionally to load the bases, Abraham Almonte would crush a grand slam to the seats in right center field to extend the Indians lead to 6-0 and all but put away the series sweep. It was the second game in a row the Indians hit a grand slam.
Santana would drive home two more runs in the sixth inning on a single to right center field to bring home Francisco Lindor and Brantley before he was caught in a rundown between first and second and tagged out. Indians would lead 8-1 at that moment.
Josh Tomlin continues to make his case to be in the Indians rotation for next season. Tomlin improves to 3-1 on the year by pitching seven innings allowing just two earned runs on six hits with no walks and eight strike outs. Tomlin would go into the eighth inning before being removed for Zach McAllister. Trout would single home Kaleb Cowart who singled off Tomlin to open the eighth inning for Tomlin’s second run allowed in the game. Grant Green would hit his first home run of the season in the sixth inning off Tomlin to get the Angels on the scoreboard.
A Lindor fielder’s choice would bring home Mike Aviles in the bottom of the eighth inning to round out the scoring at 9-2. The Indians have now won five games in a row, eight of their last ten and nine of their last ten at Progressive Field.
The Indians head right back on the road for a nine game ten day road trip starting Monday in Toronto against the red hot Blue Jays. Danny Salazar will square off against David Price in a matchup where a lot of strike outs are a possibility.