The Angels have proved they can hang with the American League’s best teams. What they have yet to exhibit is that they have enough assembled talent to actually beat them.
They played another tight, tenuous game against the current class of baseball Wednesday night, and again fell achingly short. They lost to the Cleveland Indians 6-5 before an announced crowd of 38,424 at Angel Stadium, though there were far fewer fans seated throughout the night.
“We played a pretty good game,” second baseman Brandon Phillips said. “We just didn’t win. That’s the way we’ve been playing against good teams like that.”
The Angels faced Josh Tomlin, the Indians’ control-focused...