With Wednesday night's 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, the Cleveland Indians concluded a West Coast trip that resulted in an 0-6 record, only 13 runs being scored and a less than .200 cumulative batting average for the team.
The Indians, who are 11-17 and in fifth place in the American League Central Division, were outscored, 33-13, on the road trip and return home to play the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins before a six-game trip to Tampa Bay and Toronto in a seven-day span.
"We have to (move on)," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "My feelings about our team don't change on a road trip. It was a really tough trip. There's no way around it. We're going to have to be strong enough to go home, be able to look at our record for a little bit and not be happy with it, knowing that the best way to remedy it is to play better. We're going to have to be strong because this was a tough trip. Not a lot went right for us."
The Indians will get a day off Thursday before hosting the White Sox on Friday night at Progressive Field.
"You always try to use anything to your advantage," Francona said of the day off. "Since we're probably going to get home at five, six in the morning, I'd say obviously yeah, but I'd like to play again soon."
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Angels responded with two of their own when Hank Conger blasted a two-run home run that helped them take the lead for good.
Los Angeles expanded its advantage in the bottom of the third when Albert Pujols drove in Howie Kendrick with a sacrifice fly to center field. Kendrick got into scoring position when he stole second base and then, motored to third after Indians catcher Yan Gomes threw the ball into center field after Mike Trout struck out in a 12-pitch at-bat.
Trout went three for nine, with a double, triple, three runs scored and three RBI during the three-game series against the Indians. In three at-bats against Indians starter Zach McAllister on Wednesday, Trout saw 24 pitches, nearly a quarter of McAllister's total of 101 for the game.
"I thought he really competed," Francona said of McAllister, who was working on three days' rest. "I thought it was really hard for him to put hitters away. He got a lot of pitches with two strikes with a lot of foul balls.
"In Trout's at-bat, he ended up striking him out and we end up throwing the ball into center field. He just had a tough time putting hitters away, which drove his pitch-count up. In saying that, he was working hard and was on three days' rest."