CLEVELAND — It happened so fast, like one of those summer thunderstorms that can plunge a brilliant Midwest afternoon into darkness.
Five runs ahead and 10 outs away from a three-game sweep in
"It was kind of a shock, really," catcher
Williams retired 17 of the first 18 batters he faced, and the Angels had a 5-0 lead on the strength of
Williams struck out
"Up until that point, he looked like he was in total command," Manager
"You never know what's going to happen in this game," Williams said. "I pitched good for five innings, and that sixth inning came out of nowhere. I should have executed my pitches better."
Chisenhall walked with one out, Stubbs singled and Bourn hit a run-scoring single to left field against Nick Maronde for a 6-5 lead. The Indians held on to end at six games their losing streak, relievers
It marked the fourth time this season the Angels, who fell 14 games behind Texas in the
"That's disturbing," Scioscia said. "You're going to have your handful of tight games where you lose leads, and maybe one gets away when you're way ahead. But if we're going to have success, we have to hold leads."
Walk this way
Chris Iannetta is having what most would consider a down year, with a .218 average, six home runs, 12 doubles, 29 runs and 30 runs batted in.
But the catcher has distinguished himself in one area — his .362 on-base percentage, built primarily on 56 walks, is 144 points higher than his average, the largest differential of any major league player with at least 100 plate appearances.
"He's shown enough power to where teams respect that, and if they pitch on the fringes, he has a good eye and has taken his walks," Scioscia said. "His walk rate is incredible."
But could Iannetta's power be mitigated by his patience if, by looking for walks, he becomes passive at the plate?
"I haven't analyzed how many pitches he's taken for strikes or swung at," Scioscia said. "At first glance, when he swings the bat, it's usually a pitch over the plate, and when he takes, it's usually a ball. He's got a nice feel for the strike zone. I think he's OK."
Jason Vargas, out since June 18 because of a blood clot in his left armpit, threw in the bullpen Sunday and is expected to start in