Even during a brief slump for the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout continued to supply offensive firepower. His teammates joined him in an explosive showing in their most recent game to help avoid another loss.
That could be bad news for Cleveland's Justin Masterson as he tries to find some traction during the most inconsistent season of his career.After rain postponed Wednesday's game, the Angels look for a second straight road victory for the first time in more than a month Thursday against the Indians.The decision was made to not play a doubleheader, leaving Wednesday's contest to be made up on a mutual day off."It's never in anybody's best interest to play a doubleheader," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.Los Angeles (38-32) had scored just 10 runs in its losses during a 1-4 stretch before breaking out for 15 hits in a 9-3 win Tuesday. Trout has four homers in his last four games after going deep twice for the second time in his career and driving in four runs. He's batting .410 with eight homers and 26 RBIs over his last 22 games and has 14 RBIs in his last 13 matchups with Cleveland."I'm being patient and squaring up some balls," Trout said. "I'm not anxious. I'm just comfortable."Adding to the onslaught were Kole Calhoun and Howie Kendrick, who each hit a home run and were a combined 7 for 10.The Angels haven't won two straight on the road since victories at Philadelphia from May 13-14.Masterson (4-5, 5.05 ERA), whose ERA is a career worst, was charged with five runs, three hits and four walks in two innings in a 10-3 loss at Boston on Friday. It was tied for the second-shortest outing of his career.The right-hander seemed to show signs of progress in his three previous starts, posting a 1.72 ERA. Before that, he had allowed 17 earned runs over 15 1/3 innings in a three-start span.Masterson also struggled the last time he saw the Angels, yielding five earned runs over 7 1/3 innings of a 6-3 loss April 28. Trout is 4 for 8 against him, while Josh Hamilton is 10 for 17 with two home runs and two doubles.The Indians (36-36), who had a 10-game home winning streak snapped Tuesday, are batting .167 with runners in scoring position during a 3-5 stretch."We've really played very well for about the last month," said Carlos Santana, who is hitting .333 with 14 RBIs in his last 16 contests. "You want to win every time, but this was just one game."A late scratch Tuesday, Cleveland's Michael Brantley is dealing with a concussion and likely will be out of the lineup until Saturday. Brantley is batting .536 during an eight-game hitting streak and .333 on the season with runners in scoring position."My goal is get back out there as fast as possible," he said.Angels starter C.J. Wilson (7-6, 3.50) is 1/3 in his last four outings with a 4.94 ERA, though he received one total run of support over 16 1/3 innings in the losses.The left-hander gave up back-to-back homers during a four-run first inning Friday against Atlanta. Though he didn't allow any runs in five more innings, Wilson didn't find much consolation in the 4-3 defeat."There's no reward for losing -- ever. This is the major leagues. We're trying to win, so it's not like I threw a two-hit complete game or something like that," he told the team's official website. "I mean, I went six innings. That's not that good. That's just kind of average."Wilson held Cleveland to one run and two hits over eight innings of a 7-1 victory April 30, improving to 4-2 with a 2.50 ERA in eight starts against the Indians.Michael Bourn is 7 for 20 against Wilson.
Since Progressive Field (Jacobs Field) opened in 1994, no stadium has experienced more walk-off home runs in the big leagues and it's not really close.
Nick Swisher's was the Indians' 4th walk-off HR this season.
NOTE: A's host Red Sox later tonight
Most Walk-Off Home Runs at a Single Stadium - MLB Since 1994
* Includes Thursday
Howie Kendrick is hitting .352 since the start of last season in at-bats ending with a pitch in the upper third of the zone or higher, the sixth-highest such average in the league. Thirty-five percent of Zach McAllister's pitches this season have been in that location, ninth highest among all pitchers who have made at least 10 starts.
Nick Swisher has carved out a nice niche for himself in a mostly-terrible June. He's 3-for-25 in the month, with 2 extra-inning game-winning home runs.