The Cleveland Indians headed to face the Los Angeles Angels on a three-game skid where the bats went cold for almost the entire lineup against the San Francisco Giants. Things didn’t get much better for their series opener against the Angels.
The Indians’ struggles at the plate continued Monday night, going hitless in the first three innings against Tyler Skaggs and mustering only five hits for the entire game.
Justin Masterson gave the team seven strong innings before the Angels took advantage of a Nick Swisher error at first base and struck for three runs in the eighth to give the Angels a 6-3 lead. The loss hands the Tribe ace his first decision of the year and ends Masterson’s perfect record against the Angels.
Fernando Salas recorded the win as ex-Indian Joe Smith got his first save of the season for the Angels, and the Wahoos, now just 11-15, need to find their strokes at the plate if they want to dig themselves out of the AL Central basement.
The only bright spot of the night for Cleveland was Carlos Santana, who went 2-for-4 with a three run homer.
After the middle of the lineup went a combined 0-for-29 against the Giants, the Indians are hoping Santana has finally found his swing, hitting just .140 early on in the season.
Last season’s magical ride that took the Indians to a Wild Card playoff spot has been a bumpy ride earlier on this season, as the team just can’t seem to get on the same page. Three of five Indians starters have yet to record a win this season, and the club sits 20th in runs scored overall.
Tribe fans are hoping for some sort of spark to try and get a piece of last year’s magic to get the team back on track.