Cleveland Indian’s own Drew Stubbs and Carlos Santana pulled through for the ball club as they defeated the Los Angeles Angels last night in game two of their three game series.
Catcher Carlos Santana launched a solo home run off of C.J. Wilson as it was his only hit in seven plate appearances. The veteran left handed catcher has hit three home runs in his last seven games. He’s currently batting .262 with 15 home runs, 54 RBI’s and 56 runs in 415 at-bats.
No runs were scored between the eighth and 13 innings but that changed as the Angels brought in Joe Blanton. The Angels loaded the bases with no outs in the tenth but failed to drive in a run, giving Stubbs a chance to become a hero.
Drew Stubbs stepped up to the plate in the 14th inning looking to drive in some runs for his team and that’s exactly what he did. Stubbs launched a two run game winning home run off Joe Blanton to left center field to give them a 3-1 lead. The two run home run was his eighth home run on the season.
The home run was Blanton’s 29th home run he has allowed on the season.
Starting pitcher Danny Salazar worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits in his return to the mound for the Indians.
He struck out seven batters and walked two after his start was pushed back a night as a precautionary measure. He allowed a solo home run to J.B. Shuck and didn’t give up any runs after that. Salazar remains at 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and a 29/7 K/BB ratio in 23 innings over four starts in the majors. He has allowed five home runs already and may find it difficult to keep it in the ball park in his next start against the Atlanta Braves.
C.J. Wilson allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings in a no decision last night. Wilson struck out five, walked three and gave up four hits. The left handed pitcher sits at 2-0 with a 2.36 ERA and a 21/8 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings over four starts this month.
He hasn’t lost a decision since July 5th and looks to face the Tampa Bay Rays in his next start.