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Indians Wasting Chances Big-Time, Angels Lead After Six, 3-2

This is starting to look like one of Those Games, the kind that make you want to eat your TV, or your radio, or your keyboard.

It began unraveling when the Indians wasted a golden opportunity in the top of the fourth, and it immediately came back to bite them in the bottom of the inning. Shin-Soo Choo singled leading off, and stole second. After a walk to Carlos Santana, Choo went to third on a wild pitch, setting up runners at the corners with nobody down.

But then Travis Hafner fanned, and Orlando Cabrera hit into a double play on a ball which deflected off of pitcher Ervin Santana.

Of course, in the bottom half, Howie Kendrick doubled leading off and scored on the same play on an error by Asdrubal Cabrera. Obviously shaken, Carlos Carrasco walked Bobby Abreu. Torii Hunter then took Carrasco deep, and the Tribe was down 3-1.

The Indians got a run back in the fifth when, with two outs, Adam Everett singled and scored on a double from Michael Brantley.

After Carrasco shut the Angels down in the bottom of the fifth, the Indians wasted another chance in the sixth with the same basic cast of characters from the wasted chance in the fourth.

Shin-Soo Choo walked leading off the sixth, and again stole second base. A ground out from Carlos Santana moved Choo to third, but then Hafner struck out again, and this time Choo was picked off at third on a throw from catcher Hank Conger.

Carrasco, to his credit, did not allow the Angels to jump on the Indians’ wasted chance this time, and after shutting down Los Angeles in the bottom of the sixth, the game heads to the seventh with L.A. up 3-2.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.