California Angels vs Cleveland Indians
August 31, 1979 Box Score

The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on August 31, 1979 at Cleveland Stadium. The California Angels defeated the Cleveland Indians and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."

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California Angels 9, Cleveland Indians 8

California Angels ab r h rbi
Miller cf 5 1 2 1
Lansford 3b 5 0 0 0
Ford rf 4 1 2 1
Baylor dh 5 1 1 0
Aikens 1b 4 1 2 2
Downing c 5 2 3 1
Grich 2b 5 1 2 2
Harlow lf 4 0 1 1
Campaneris ss 1 1 0 0
Rettenmund ph 0 0 0 0
Anderson pr,ss 1 1 1 1
Knapp p 0 0 0 0
LaRoche p 0 0 0 0
Clear p 0 0 0 0
Montague p 0 0 0 0
Totals 39 9 14 9
Cleveland Indians ab r h rbi
Hargrove 1b 5 0 1 2
Manning cf 5 0 3 0
Bonds rf 5 0 0 0
Harrah 3b,ss 5 1 1 0
Thornton dh 4 1 1 1
Hassey c 2 2 1 0
Norris lf 2 1 1 0
Pruitt ph 1 1 1 0
Alston lf 0 0 0 0
Kuiper 2b 4 1 1 2
Veryzer ss 2 1 0 0
Johnson ph 1 0 0 0
Cox 3b 0 0 0 0
Paxton p 0 0 0 0
Cruz p 0 0 0 0
Reuschel p 0 0 0 0
Monge p 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 8 10 5
California 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 1 9 14 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 8 10 0
California Angels IP H R ER BB SO
Knapp 5.1 6 4 4 3 1
LaRoche 1.2 2 3 3 1 0
Clear W (11-4) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1
Montague SV (2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 9.0 10 8 8 4 2
Cleveland Indians IP H R ER BB SO
Paxton 6.1 8 3 3 1 2
Cruz 1.1 4 5 5 2 1
Reuschel L (1-1) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0
Monge 0.1 1 0 0 1 1
Totals 9.0 14 9 9 4 4

E –None. DP –California 1, Cleveland 2. 2B –California Aikens (15,off Paxton); R Miller (11,off Paxton); Harlow (5,off Paxton); Downing (24,off Cruz), Cleveland Harrah (23,off LaRoche); Thornton (26,off LaRoche). HR –California Aikens (20,8th inning off Cruz 1 on, 1 out); Grich (26,8th inning off Cruz 1 on, 1 out); Anderson (2,8th inning off Cruz 0 on, 2 out). SB –Manning (28,2nd base off Knapp/Downing). WP –Knapp (2), Clear 2 (7). U-HP –John Shulock, 1B –George Maloney, 2B –Jim McKean, 3B –Jerry Neudecker. T –3:02. A –10,501.

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