Final Score in Los Angeles of Anaheim: Angels 6, Indians 8
All Star closer Brian Fuentes blew a save for the first time in a long time as the Cleveland Indians shrugged off a 2HR night by Kendry Morales and a back-to-back-to-back HR outburst by Juan Rivera, Mike Napoli and Morales and came back with a 3 run Victor Martinez blast followed by a Jhonny Peralta solo shot in the 9th inning to win 8-6.
The Angels held Howie Kendrick out of the lineup on Monday and if he is in it tomorrow night at Angel Stadium, it may be in an Indians jersey. With a deal for Roy Halladay to the Angels dead on the Angels refusal to part with owner Arte Moreno's favorite employee shortstop Erick Aybar, the Angels are matching up well with the Tribe's need: a young 2Bman who is inexpensive and loves the fastball for a reliable #2 starter who could theoretically pitch deep into the playoffs.
But they won't be getting to the playoffs with the effort exuded tonight - starter Joe Saunders was lucky to get out of the game only giving up 4 Earned Runs and Closer Brian Fuentes was on the spot to allow the offensive flood that had been banging on the damn Angels dam all night. Carl Pavano could not accept the gift of early run support and allowed the trifecta HRs in the 2nd inning. Saunders put everythign in the heart of the plate and the Indians had a deja vu when Fuentes landed slow fastball after slow fastball for hearty hit to hungrey hitters looking to get traded to a winner.
Then Angels lead in the American League West shrank to 2.5 Games over the Texas Rangers.