Game 145: Indians 3, Angels 2 (11 Innings)

Fausto Carmona is putting together quite a finish to the 2010 season. He pitched seven innings, not giving up a run until his last inning, striking out eight and walking one. In his last two starts he's thrown 16 innings, struck out 15, and walked two. Carmona can be wild and still effective, but when he's painting corners like he did tonight, he can virtually unhittable. His sinker had excellent downward movement tonight, making his four-seamer that much more effective.

Carmona gave up two solo homers in the seventh; ge hung a slider to Hideki Matsui, and after not getting a call on a four-seamer on the outside corner, he made another mistake to Mike Napoli. He had to throw a lot of pitches in that inning, so he left with a no-decision. Joe Smith and Tony Sipp teamed up to take care of the eighth inning, Chris Perez handled to the ninth, Rafael Perez the tenth, and Jensen Lewis pitched a scoreless eleventh.

The Indians had a great opportunity to end the game in the tenth. Michael Brantley opened the inning with a single, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. He then stole second, and after Asdrubal Cabrera sacrificed him to third, the Angels walked Choo and Hafner to set up a force at any base. Angels manager Mike Scioscia took things one step further; he pulled an outfielder and sent Howie Kendrick into the game to give the Angels five infielders. Jordan Brown was up, and just had to hit the ball into the outfield to drive home the winning run; with Brantley at third, anything past the reach of an infielder would have ended the game. But instead Brown pulled the ball to first, and the Angels turned a 3-2-3 double play to short-circuit the opportunity.

But no matter. Trevor Crowe doubled with one out in the eleventh, went to third on a groundout, and came home when Shelley Duncan hit a sixty-foot cue shot that couldn't be fielded cleanly.




Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Shelley Duncan .371 Wrong Question
Jensen Lewis .140 Jayson Nix -.166
The Perezes
.140 Travis Hafner -.085
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