On Thursday, the Angels lost 9-3 to the Boston Red Sox, suffering their third series sweep since the All-Star break.
The Angels, who are an embarrassing 4-17 in the second half of the season, gave up 23 runs to Boston’s potent offense during the three-game series.
Anaheim, which has lost 11 of its last 13 games, has been all but eliminated from any chance of a second straight playoff appearance. They are 15 1/2 games behind the Seattle Mariners in the American League West, and 14 games behind Boston in the wild-card race.
“Everybody on our club is busting their butts,” shortstop David Eckstein said. “But things aren’t working out.”
Making matter worse, Anaheim’s injury woes were compounded on Thursday. Darin Erstad did not play because of right hamstring tendinitis, which kept him out of 42 games earlier this season, and he could be out the rest of the season. The outfielder reported soreness Thursday after aggravating the injury the previous night.
And in the third inning, Bengie Molina was hit on the thumb with a foul ball. X-rays were negative, but he could miss several days.
The Indians come in off Thursday’s 3-0 win over the Mariners—their second-straight victory after a five-game losing streak. Jody Gerut and Travis Hafner hit solo homers for Cleveland, and starter Billy Traber gave up just five hits in seven innings.
STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 15 1/2 GB, AL West. Indians - 4th place, 13 1/2 GB, AL Central.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Jarrod Washburn (8-11, 4.69 ERA). Washburn gave up six runs, three earned, and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings of Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The left-hander, winless since July 12, is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts against the Indians this season, including a complete-game 6-1 win on May 6. In nine career starts against Cleveland, he is 4-3 with a 4.21 ERA.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Davis (7-8, 4.79 ERA). On Saturday, Davis gave up seven earned runs and eight hits in six innings, but did not get a decision in Cleveland’s 9-7 loss to Texas. Davis, who has not won since June 29, made his only career start against the Angels on May 8, giving up six earned runs and seven hits in four innings of 7-1 loss.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Garret Anderson, .316 avg., 25 HRs and 90 RBIs; Tim Salmon, 61 runs; Adam Kennedy, 15 SBs. Indians - Milton Bradley, .329 avg., 56 RBIs, 61 runs and 17 SBs; Matt Lawton, 15 HRs.
SEASON SERIES: Angels, 5-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - Of Anaheim’s 60 losses, 35 have been by three or fewer runs, including 14 one-run games. … LHP Washburn is 5-4 with a 4.85 ERA in 11 road starts this season. … RF-DH Salmon went 7-for-13 (.538) with three runs and two RBIs in the three-game series against Boston. Indians - OF Bradley is hitting .360 (9-for-25) in August. … 1B-DH Hafner went 4-for-10 (.400) with two homers and five RBIs in the three-game series with Seattle. … C Victor Martinez, who threw out just five of 18 runners attempting to steal in his first 24 games since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo, reported to Jacobs Field early Thursday for some extra work with coach Joel Skinner on improving the his footwork on throws to second base.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 22-32 on the road; Indians - 27-28 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - INF Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; 3B Troy Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Erstad (hamstring), day-to-day; C Molina (thumb), day-to-day. Indians - INF Ricky Gutierrez (back), 15-day DL; SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Lawton (finger), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL.