Scioscia: Despite slump, Angels are battling

Scioscia: Despite slump, Angels are battling

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday did not agree with Torii Hunter's statement from the night before, when the team lost its 11th game in its last 15, that the club has no fight.

"Those are guys going up and battling the whole way," Scioscia said. "Dugout guys are trying, some guys are trying too hard ... We're having a lot of issues with trying to get productive on the offensive side."

The Angels are six games under .500 at 67-73 and avoided being swept at home for a second consecutive series on Wednesday, beating the Indians, 4-3, in 16 innings.

The offense has been the team's biggest problem, giving its starting pitchers no backup. The Angels have scored one run or fewer in 11 of their last 23.

"We haven't been very good at coming back when we're getting behind in the last probably 15 games or so, but it's not because of lack of effort, or lack of desire, or guys not getting after it," Scioscia said. "It's really just a function of a lot of guys are having issues in the batter's box right now."