The Cleveland Indians won two of three in their weekend series with the Angels by out-pitching
the pitching-rich Angels. The Indians won by scores of 3-2 and 4-0, and got strong work
from both their starting rotation and bullpen.
The Indians' three starting pitchers in the series -- Justin Masterson, Jeanmar Gomez,
and Derek Lowe -- combined for a 1.64 ERA in the series. Those three pitchers held Angels
hitters to a .156 batting average.
"Our pitching matched up good with theirs the whole series," said manager Manny Acta.
The Indians bullpen was equally effective. In Sunday's 4-0 win, relievers Vinnie
Pestano and Chris Perez combined with Lowe on a three-hit shutout. Indians relievers,
over their last four games, have combined to pitch 9 1/3 scoreless innings and have held
opposing batters to a .067 batting average.
It's fortunate for the Indians that the pitching is rising to the occasion because the
hitters are still very inconsistent. Through Sunday, the Indians had not hit a home run
in their last 11 games, a streak that includes 101 consecutive innings and 365
But the Indians are hitting enough to win, coupled with their effective starting
pitching and bullpen work. They are also taking advantage of a relatively soft early part
of their schedule, in which 21 of their first 24 games have been against teams that did
not have winning records in 2011.