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Corey Kluber = too nasty for Angels

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Felix Peña was dealing, but he ultimately succumbed to the Indians.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians
Just couldn’t score runs.
Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images

Indians 3, Angels 0

He’s not the reigning American League Cy Young winner for nothing.

Corey Kluber was electric for the Indians Saturday night. With his stuff and Joe West’s admittedly-larger-than-average strike zone, it was a bunch of zeroes for the Angels and their offense.

Mike Trout was out again with the sore wrist that he injured in Tampa Bay. This is now three straight games out of the lineup for him.

Felix Peña, coming off an outing where he didn’t get out of the first inning, pitched five no-hit innings, despite not having much command for his fastball at all. He used his breaking stuff to excellent effect, pitching to a lot of contact (only struck out one). In the sixth inning, however, he fell behind the Leonys Martin, who crushed one into the seats. A double and a single later, and Peña was out of the game with a 2-0 deficit.

Hansel Robles attempted “relief” in the seventh inning, walking two hitters and uncorking two wild ones that got away from Francisco Arcia, before Andrelton Simmons robbed Francisco Lindor to hold the Indians to just a lone run in the inning.

Ultimately, with Kluber averaging just a bit over ten pitches an inning, including two innings where he racked up seven and five pitches, respectively, it was impossible to get deep into the bullpen, and the game was pretty much out of reach after the Indians scored. He finished off his CGSO.