Alright, different Santana but the same result as C.C. worked all nine innings last night holding the Angels to 1 run. The offense got on track scoring 6 runs on 10 hits, but Saturday night belonged to Sabathia. The Indians needed their big ace to come through after dropping the first two games of the series. He was up to the challenge.
The defense behind him turned 4 double plays, though there were some interesting moments, mostly from Casey Blake who bobbled at least three balls by my count. He recovered to make the play on two of them, and the other was erased by a double play. As was pointed out by Rick Manning, C.C. made light of the situation each time taking the pressure off Casey, who has played excellent defense this year. Cabrera helped to turn a nice double play as well.
The Indians maintained their 5 game lead with win, keeping pace with the Tigers who beat the Mariners again Saturday. I said at the beginning of this road trip that what we needed were series wins, but that I would be satisfied with a split against the Angels. Sabathia kept that thought alive with his 17th win.