Tribe unable to get to Angels' bullpen
Weaver leaves early, but Indians don't score enough for Ginter
ANAHEIM -- It was back tightness that forced Angels starter Jered Weaver out of Tuesday night's game after three innings.Had the Indians' bats capitalized on their opportunities against Weaver, he might have been out even earlier. Alas, a quality spot start from Matt Ginter went to waste, as the Indians stranded nine runners against Weaver and the Angels' bullpen en route to a 3-2 loss at Angel Stadium. "We were one hit away all night long," manager Eric Wedge said. "We weren't able to execute and get that done, and ultimately [the Angels] were able to hold on." The Indians might want to hold on to Ginter after the two surprisingly strong starts he gave them in a pinch this month. It had been assumed that Ginter, who is out of Minor League options, would be designated for assignment to make room for Fausto Carmona's return to the rotation on Saturday, but he might have made his case to stick around in a bullpen role. After an All-Star break-induced 10-day layoff between starts, Ginter, who worked five scoreless innings against the Rays on July 12, held the Angels to three runs on seven hits with no walks and a strikeout in six innings. "I felt pretty good," Ginter said. "I left a couple balls up and they made me pay for them." But Ginter, who is pitching in the bigs for the first time in three years, really paid for the struggles of his supporting cast. The Indians had the earliest of leads when Grady Sizemore hit his 17th career leadoff home run. They added to that lead in the second, when Kelly Shoppach was hit by a Weaver pitch then came around to score on Franklin Gutierrez's triple. Yet they could have done much, much more against the ailing Weaver. In the first, Jamey Carroll reached on a Maicer Izturis error, only to run himself out of the inning. The Angels hadn't thrown out an opposing baserunner in 29 tries, but Carroll ended that run when he was gunned out at second by catcher Jeff Mathis. That play would come back to haunt the Tribe when Casey Blake doubled with two out and was stranded at second.
|"We were one hit away all night long. We weren't able to execute and get that done, and ultimately [the Angels] were able to hold on."|
|-- manager Eric Wedge|
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.