Dan Haren adds a dash of brilliance to Angels victory

By dougmead

The Los Angeles Angels were only able to come up with four hits on Tuesday evening against Fausto Carmona and the Cleveland Indians. It really didn’t matter however, not with Dan Haren on the mound.

Los Angeles Angels starter Dan Haren pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth inning of a MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida, September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Haren allowed just one hit on this night, a clean single by Shin-Soo Choo in the fourth, and earned the third complete-game shutout of his career, as the Angels beat the Indians 2-0, to snap the Tribe’s eight game winning streak.

Youngsters Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo provided all the offense Haren would need, Bourjos with a solo shot to left in the third, and Trumbo with his own solo blast in the seventh.

Haren struck out eight and walked two, throwing 125 pitches, 79 for strikes.

Just as Mitch Talbot had done the night before to Angels’ hitters, the Indians were completely baffled by Haren’s deliveries all night long.

On any other night, Carmona’s performance would have been more than enough for a victory. Carmona gave up two runs on four hits, striking out six and walking three in 7 2/3 innings.

Trumbo’s homer in the seventh was the first of his major league career, and of the 14 home runs hit by the Angels this season, all but one have come with the bases empty.

But solo home runs on this night were just fine with Haren’s brilliance on the mound.



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