Angels Get Swept by Indians

Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels lost to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday afternoon by a score of 4-1. However, this was not just any loss. It completed a sweep of the series for the Tribe. Getting swept is never a good thing. However, it was an absolutely devastating blow for an Angels team that is still desperately clinging to playoff hopes that are becoming increasingly thin. They now sit three games behind Minnesota for the second wild card in the American League. This is quite a bit of ground to make up and not a lot of time to do it.

The Angels have now lost 11 consecutive games to the Indians. The Tribe has also gone 27-1 in their past 28 games. No team since 1884 has had such a stretch. The Indians have also won 14 consecutive games on the road. This has set a new team record. Meanwhile, the Angels have fallen on very hard times. Runs have been hard to come by during this losing stretch. The Angels are now 4-9 in their past 13 games. They are bottoming out at the worst possible time. Their poor play in September will likely cost them a spot in the playoffs.

Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout said that it is useless for his team to watch the scoreboard to find out if the Twins won their game. He said the Angels have to win regardless of what the Twins are doing. That sentiment was echoed by Angels manager Mike Scioscia. He said that his players need to be focused on taking care of their own business. The Angels will need to do a lot of winning in order to put themselves in position for the second wild card if the Twins stumble in the final days of the season.

Edwin Encarnacion went deep for the Tribe for the 37th time this season. The slugger has hit more home runs than any other player in baseball over the past five years. He got off to a slow start. However, he has heated up as the season has gone on. He is now paying big dividends and driving in runs as the Indians hoped he would when they gave him a very large contract. Andrew Miller is widely considered to be the best relief pitcher in baseball. The lefty struck out the side as he prepares to dominate the playoffs once again.