Vizcaya redeems himself in 4-3 win over AZL Angels
GOODYEAR – The losing streak finally ended Saturday night in Goodyear as the AZL Indians scratched and clawed their way to a solid, 4-3 victory over the AZL Angels.
Indians reliever Anthony Vizcaya, who came on in relief of starting pitcher Sean Brady, threw five strong innings of relief and redeemed himself after the nightmare outing that he had on July 7th against the Rangers. The wahoo bats certainly did their part as well, as the Tribe got production from all areas of the lineup in this one.
The Tribe found themselves in a 2-0 hole in the bottom of the second inning, a place that has become all too familiar to the Indians in recent weeks. The bottom of the third inning did not start out well for them. After drawing a walk to lead off the inning, Ordormar Valdez was picked off of first base, effectively ruining a chance for the Tribe to get a rally going withClint Frazier coming up to the plate. Frazier took care of that though, homering on a deep drive to left field to give the Indians their first run of the game.
Vizcaya, who came on to pitch in the third inning and ended up getting the win, was the complete opposite pitcher than the one that surrendered eight runs in his last outing against the Rangers. He did a good job of not allowing hits to turn into runs. In three of his five innings pitched, he allowed the first or second hitter to reach base via a single.
He was able to settle down and throw strikes. His positive mentality allowed him to earn his first win of the season. He ended up allowing five hits, surrendering zero runs, zero walks, while striking out six in five innings pitched.
While Vizcaya was doing his thing, the Indians bats certainly provided him and the team the run support it needed in the game. They got clutch hits, which turned into clutch runs.
The fifth and sixth innings were huge for the Tribe.
Ivan Castillo, who gave the Indians a spark in these two innings with two hits and two stolen bases, led off the fifth with a single to left field. Frazier was plunked by Angels pitcher Clint Sharp two batters later, which gave the Indians runners at first and second with only one out. LeVon Washington, the first batter that Greg Terhune would face after replacing Sharp, singled to load the bases for Alex Monsalve, who singled to left to bring in Castillo and Frazier. Matt LaPorta, yes that Matt LaPorta, grounded into a double play to end the inning.
In the sixth inning, the Indians found themselves facing their third Angels pitcher of the game. D’Vone McClure tripled on a deep drive to right, which put the Indians in prime position to tack on some insurance runs. McClure came home after another single by Castillo, who then put his speed on display, swiping second and third base.
The top of the eighth inning saw the Angels score on a home run to left field by Taylor Johnson, his first of the season. The Indians relievers shut down the Angel bats in the clutch moments of the game, which allowed the Indians to hang on and end this pesky losing streak. Only four Indians hitters failed to register a hit, which should speak to the hard work by the Tribe lineup as a whole that if you can get production from all areas of the lineup, you stand a good chance of winning.
With the win, the Indians move to 9-11 on the year and with the loss the Angels fall to 12-7. The Indians are off on Sunday and host the AZL Dodgers at Goodyear Ballpark on Monday. First pitch is at 7:00 PM MST.