May 29: Cleveland 11, Anaheim 1
This one was tight until Jim Edmonds made a rare, calamitous error in the seventh. The bases were drunk with Naps, two outs, when Larry Doby lifted a fliner to Edmonds in left. The ball seemed to get to Edmonds quicker than he was expecting, and it bounced off his glove and rolled all the way to foul territory as two runs scored. Anaheim fell apart from there as singles by Lou Boudreau, Al Rosen, and Tris Speaker rang up four more runs before the inning’s merciful end. Stan Coveleski pitched the full nine without walking a single Angel.
R H BB CLE 101 000 630 - 11 13 7 ANA 000 100 000 - 1 7 0 HR: J. Thome (12) starters IP R ER HR BB SO S. Coveleski 9.0 1 1 0 0 5 D. Chance 6.2 5 1 0 6 7 CLE 26-23
May 30: Cleveland 4, Anaheim 1
Nolan Ryan was wild again, though he did limit the damage somewhat. Only one of the 10 batters he walked came around to score. Anaheim opened the bottom of the first with a Rod Carew single and Tim Salmon RBI double, but that was the end of scoring for the Angels. Vean Gregg settled into cruise control for the duration. Joe Jackson was perfect at the plate with a HBP, two walks, and two singles.
R H BB CLE 210 000 010 - 4 6 11 ANA 100 000 000 - 1 9 2 HR: A. Rosen (7) starters IP R ER HR BB SO V. Gregg 9.0 1 1 0 2 5 N. Ryan 7.2 4 3 1 10 5 CLE 27-23, ANA 15-36
May 31: Cleveland 6, Anaheim 4
Hey, Anaheim took a lead in the series for the first time in the bottom of the fourth! That lasted about 20 seconds though, and the Naps held the lead the rest of the way. Addie Joss made it three straight complete games for Cleveland pitchers. Tris Speaker, Joe Jackson, Nap Lajoie, and Jim Thome are all piping hot and doing tons of damage atop the Naps’ lineup. Jackson reached safely 12 times in the series.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia is grasping at straws, and tried another new look lineup in this one, including giving Mike Trout a partial day off in the DH spot. Trout responded with an 0-for-5. Trout made outs in all 13 of his plate appearances in the series, stoking the season-long rumors that he’s playing hurt.
This was the Angels’ third straight inter-divisional series, in which they went 1-8. They will hope to rebound a bit over the next nine games against fellow Expansion Division teams.
R H BB CLE 100 122 000 - 6 9 6 ANA 000 300 100 - 4 8 2 HR: M. Ramirez (8) starters IP R ER HR BB SO A. Joss 9.0 4 4 0 2 1 A. Messersmith 5.2 6 6 1 4 5 CLE 28-23, ANA 15-37