The Cleveland Indians are hoping to pick up some momentum in their home away from home—before heading back to their actual home.
The Indians will try for a series victory Thursday when they finish off their three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
The series was moved from Cleveland after heavy snow wiped out the Indians’ four-game series against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend. The Indians head back for their first game in Cleveland on Friday against the Chicago White Sox— though Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen already is joking about moving the game to his native Venezuela.
The snow followed Cleveland to Milwaukee on Wednesday and was expected to continue through Thursday morning, but thanks to the retractable dome at Miller Park, the Indians don’t have to worry about the weather.
“The Milwaukee fans have been doing a great job showing up, especially with the weather,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “It’s annoying that the snow seems to be following us around.”
The Indians won the series opener 7-6, but lost 4-1 on Wednesday. Jhonny Peralta homered in the seventh inning for the Indians’ lone run.
Mike Napoli had an RBI triple for the Angels, who won for the first time in three games.
“It gets louder as this roof’s on—and thank God we have a roof,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We wouldn’t have been playing.”
Joe Saunders, who is beginning the season in the Angels’ rotation along with Dustin Moseley because of injuries to Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver, limited the Indians to one run in 6 2-3 innings on Wednesday. Colon and Weaver are both in the middle of minor-league rehab stints.
“Those are two arms we’re going to get back in our rotation here shortly, and we’ll make some decisions,” Scioscia said.
Moseley (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will do what he can to impress Scioscia in the series finale. He gave up one run in six innings of Friday’s 5-2 win over Oakland—his third start and fourth career appearance.
“There is some added pressure there because you don’t have a solidified spot in the rotation,” Moseley said. “But for the most part, I try to stay within myself, and that’s what I was able to do tonight. If I can keep doing that, I know I can get guys out.
“I’ve just got to throw strikes and command the zone. Hopefully I can go out there and throw strikes this next outing, try to keep them in the game again and see what happens from there.”
Moseley made his major league debut against Indians on July 17, allowing four runs and two homers in five innings of a 10-5 home win. That outing was a spot start in place of the injured Weaver.
Cleveland will counter with Jeremy Sowers (0-0, 3.00), who allowed a leadoff single in the first in his season debut last Thursday but held the Chicago White Sox hitless for the rest of his six-inning outing. However, he walked a career-high five batters and allowed two runs in the Indians’ 4-3 defeat.
“It was a little abnormal,” Sowers told mlb.com. “For some reason, I forgot where the strike zone is. It happens to all pitchers—some more than others. I’m trying to figure out as quickly as possible what I was doing wrong.”
Sowers made his only start against the Angels on Aug. 8, allowing four runs and two homers in seven innings without receiving a decision in Cleveland’s 5-4 home loss.
Moseley and Sowers are both making their first career appearances at Miller Park.