The Indians lost a tough game on Sunday, after the Angels were assisted by a few infield singles that seemed to stay in the air forever. They lost 6-5, but the team must be happy with splitting the West Coast trip against the A’s and the Angels.
The Indians had to face tough pitching in every single game of the two series’ out West. In Oakland, they went up against the likes of Tyson Ross, Trevor Cahill, and Brett Anderson. All three are tough to face, and the Indians proved this as they did most of their scoring off the A’s bullpen. Anderson pitched 9 innings only allowing 2 runs, but the Indians stole the game in the 12th inning.
In Los Angeles the Indians had to go up against two of the toughest pitchers in the American League in Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. Suprisingly, it was Tyler Chatwood who pitched the best against the Tribe. He pitched 8 innings of 1 run ball, and ended up with a no decision. The Indians beat Weaver, who has lost two straight after a 6-0 start to the season. He pitched the worst out of any pitcher the Tribe faced on the trip, allowing 4 runs in 6 innings.
The pitcher on Sunday was Dan Haren who is 4-2, but is arguably doing better than Weaver. He has an ERA of 1.87 with 56 strikeouts in 57.2 IP. He only allowed 2 runs en route to a no decision.
Indians fans are used to the team constantly winning, but splitting a road trip like this one should be seen as a success. They faced tough pitching every game, and were never shut out. They now return to Progressive Field with a 13 game win streak at home. They will face the Rays, who are a beatable team. They then will face the Mariners who they have already swept this season. If the pitching continues to be dominant at home, there is no reason why the Indians cannot increase the win streak to 19.