It doesn’t matter whether a team has two hits or 15, there is always a way to lose a game, and the Cubs and Yankees proved it Wednesday.
For the Cubs, they simply couldn’t figure out Indians starter Adam Plutko. The former UCLA starter, and a forgotten man in a college rotation including Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, held Chicago hitless through six innings and led Cleveland to a 1-0 victory.
Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley was no help in stopping Arizona’s current skid as he allowed eight runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings of a 9-2 loss to the Brewers. He matched a season-worst six walks in the defeat.
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun has a good arm, but it would be hard to believe anyone knew it was at this level when he caught Curtis Granderson tagging up as the Blue Jays tried to tie the game up in the ninth inning of a 5-4 Los Angeles win.
Astros (32-18) at Indians (24-23) 6:10 p.m. ET — It’s a rematch of the series opener between the Indians and Astros last week. It’s Charlie Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) vs. Mike Clevinger (3-1, 2.87 ERA), but this time it’s in Cleveland. Both teams are coming off of two-game sweeps with the Astros dropping the Giants and the Indians beating the Cubs. It’s a four-game series and every game promises to be a close one. Thursday will just get it started.
Early in his career, there were thoughts that he would no longer be a threat stealing bases because his power was becoming more pronounced, but Trout totaled 52 stolen bases the past two years, and he already has 13 — with only one caught stealing — this season. He has also made major strides with his defense while in search of his first Gold Glove. Trout has six defensive runs saved this season, tied for fifth-most at his position. His DRS was minus-6 last season.
One thousand games definitely came faster than I thought, Trout said.
I feel blessed to be up here, he said. I take pride in coming to the ballpark. I don’t take it for granted, because you never know.
The Angels got on the scoreboard with a two-run first inning, giving Heaney all the support he would need. Justin Upton drew a two-out walk and Albert Pujols doubled him in. Luis Valbuena singled in Pujols from second to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Jays had things going in the seventh when Devon Travis hit a run-scoring double to right field to pull Toronto within a run at 2-1. But with runners on first and second, Heaney struck out Justin Smoak and got Yangervis Solarte to fly out to left field. Heaney punctuated Upton’s catch in left field with a fist pump — and his night was done.