Bieber, Tribe top Angels again
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shane Bieber pitched seven stellar innings of five-hit ball in his first career start at his hometown stadium, and rookie Yu Chang hit his first major league homer in the Cleveland Indians’ 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Bieber (14-7), the Indians’ All-Star right-hander, is an Orange County native who graduated from high school in nearby Laguna Hills, California. He had dozens of raucous fans repeatedly chanting his name from a section behind the visitors’ dugout at the Big A, and the All-Star Game MVP struck out eight Angels without a walk while allowing only one run for the first time since July.
Bieber retired 17 of his final 18 hitters, and his cheering section serenaded him with “Let’s go, Bieber!” chants throughout the night. He even took a road curtain call after finishing the seventh inning with his eighth consecutive out.
Chang hit a three-run homer and Jason Kipnis had a two-run shot for the Indians (84-61), who pulled right behind Oakland (84-60) for the second AL wild-card spot with their first back-to-back wins in September.
Albert Pujols hit his 655th homer and two-way prospect Jared Walsh added his first career homer for the Angels, who opened their penultimate homestand with their sixth loss in eight games.
Mike Trout sat out his second straight game with pain in his right foot for the Angels (67-78).
The game matched two local pitchers who graduated from high schools 2 miles apart. Bieber is two years older than 22-year-old Patrick Sandoval (0-3), who was born and raised in Mission Viejo.