A pair of American League teams in opposite situations as the season winds down close out a set in the City of Angels. The Cleveland Indians are on the road as they play the finale of a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night. In the opening game of the set Monday night, it was the Indians rolling to a 6-2 victory. The middle game of the series Tuesday night saw Zach Plesac take the mound for the Indians against the Angels’ Jose Suarez. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 10:07 pm ET from Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Cleveland Indians Fighting for Playoff Position
Cleveland won for the third time in four games as they picked up the win in the series opener here. The Indians entered Tuesday second in the AL Central, five games behind the Twins: they were half a game behind Oakland for the second wild card spot. Cleveland got two hits each from Greg Allen (run), Jason Kipnis (run, two RBI) and Roberto Perez (run) in the victory. The offensive attack was more than enough for Shane Bieber (14-7) to earn the win. He threw seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 10, 2019
Adam Plutko takes the mound for his 18th appearance and 17th start of the season for the Indians in this contest. He comes in 6-4 with a 4.44 ERA, a 1.211 WHIP, 19 walks and 63 strikeouts over 93.1 innings of work on the year. Plutko recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came Friday on the road against the Twins. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a 6-2, 11-inning, Indians victory. Plutko is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, seven walks and 16 strikeouts over 16 innings of work in his last three starts. He beat the Angels in his lone career start against them, which came on August 3 at home. Plutko threw 5.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in a 7-2 Cleveland victory. In his 37th major league appearance and his 29th career start, he pitches at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for the first time.
Los Angeles Angels Intent on Playing Spoiler
Los Angeles dropped their second straight game as they were upended in the opening game of this set. The Angels entered Tuesday fourth in the AL West, 28 games behind the Astros: their magic number to be eliminated from the postseason was one. Los Angeles got two hits from David Fletcher while Albert Pujols (his 22nd) and Jared Walsh (his first) each homered in the loss. The loss on the mound was absorbed by Patrick Sandoval (0-3), who allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings of work.
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 9, 2019
Dillon Peters is on the mound for his 14th appearance and ninth start of the season for the Angels in this contest. He comes in 3-2 with a 4.45 ERA, a 1.429 WHIP, 18 walks and 47 strikeouts over 56.2 innings of work this season. Peters didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came on the road against the White Sox Friday night. He threw 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in an eventual 5-4 Angels win. Peters is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, five walks and 11 strikeouts over 15.1 innings in his last three starts. He didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career outing against the Indians, which came on the road on August 2. In that contest, he worked 7.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a 7-3 Angels loss. Peters is 2-0 with a 3.80 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, five walks and 21 strikeouts over 23.2 innings in six career appearances, three starts, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
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