Sunday, May 19, 2013

Indians Light Up Hernandez as Tribe Rolls 6-0

By:  Stephen Parsons

Felix Hernandez vs Justin Masterson, ace against ace, Progressive Field.  What a way for Sunday baseball.  The Tribe would seek their 7th win against a Cy Young pitcher this season, and it is only May 19th.  Masterson would pitch a Masterpiece today as the Tribe would win decisively 6-0.

It all started in the Bottom of the 1st inning, Michael Brantley batted well out of the 3-hole today.  He drove in Michael Bourn with a single to right field.  With the throw going to the plate, this allowed Brantley to advance to 2nd base.  This set up Nick Swisher to drive in Brantley, unconventionally. 

Swisher reached safe on a fielding error by Justin Smoak, and Brantley was able to score, so just like that 2-0 Cleveland. 

In the Bottom of the 2nd inning, Michael Brantley connected again, hitting a 3-run home run to deep center field.  This scored Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis making it 5-0 Tribe.

In the Bottom of the 4th, Andrew Stubbs grounded out scoring Mike Aviles to extend the lead to 6-0.
Felix Hernandez only lasted 5 innings today.  He was tagged for 5 earned runs on 8 hits.  He struck out 8, Andrew Stubbs twice, and walked 2 batters. 

Justin Masterson would pitch 7 brilliant innings allowing no runs on 3 hits.  He struck out a season high 11 batters and walked only 2.

Justin Masterson earned the win improving to 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA.  Felix Hernandez took the loss falling to 5-3 with a 2.07 ERA. 

Time of the game was 2 hours and 39 minutes.  Game attendance was 19,744.

My Thoughts:

Outside of Justin Masterson, the offensive player of the game hands down was Michael Brantley.  Giving the off day to Asdrubal Cabrera, Brantley did very well in the 3-hole today going 2 for 4 with a home run and 4 runs batted in. 

Indians are now 7-1 against Cy Young pitchers this season.  Cleveland has won 17 of their last 21 games.

Coming Up Next:

The Indians will attempt to go for the 4-game sweep tomorrow afternoon.  Seattle will start Hisashi Iwakuma.  He is 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA this season.  Cleveland will start veteran Scott Kazmir who is 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA this season. 

First pitch is at 12:05 PM ET at Progressive Field.
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Reynolds PIcks Up Perez For Another Walk Off Win

By:  Stephen Parsons
Last night the Indians had their 3rd walk off win of the season.  It was so much fun why not another?  Except this one could have gone much smoother if you ask Chris Perez.  Perez would blow his 2nd save of the season.  However the Indians intended on keeping their streak of leading in the 8th inning or later and winning going through today’s game.

Zach McAllister took the mound for the Tribe today, he was phenomenal.  Joe Saunders would get hit quite a bit by the Indians bats in this one.

In the Bottom of the 1st inning, Mark Reynolds singled in Asdrubal Cabrera giving Cleveland a quick 1-0 lead.  Saunders would settle down for the next 4 innings.

In the Bottom of the 5th, Mark Reynolds hit a home run over the left field wall.  This was Reynolds’ 12th home run on the season as Cleveland now lead 2-0.

In the Bottom of the 6th, Cleveland would add on two more.  First Michael Bourn hit into a fielder’s choice scoring Mike Aviles.  Then Jason Kipnis continued his hot streak driving in Yan Gomes with an opposite field single.  Just like that it was now 4-0 Cleveland.

In the Top of the 8th, the Mariners would finally put some runs on the board off McAllister.  Brendan Ryan hit his 1st home run of the season, scoring Justin Smoak cutting the deficit to 4-2.

In the Top of the 9th, Chris Perez came on to convert the save.  Only problem is after getting the 1st 2 batters out, he allowed back-to-back jacks from Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak, and just like that it was a new ball game tied at 4.  This was Perez’s 2nd blown save of the season.

In the Bottom of the 9th, who else but Jason Kipnis started off the inning with a single.  Then Asdrubal Cabrera failed at two bunt attempts, then decided to hit a double off the wall to put Cleveland in a great 2nd and 3rd with nobody out situation.  Nick Swisher would be intentionally walked.

Mark Reynolds hit a line drive to Brendan Ryan, he made a great stop threw home to Jesus Montero, for some reason Montero’s foot came off the plate, so Jason Kipnis was safe at the plate.  5-4 Ball Game!

Chris Perez got the win he is now 2-0.  Oliver Perez took the loss he is now 1-1.
Time of the game was 2 hours and 55 minutes.  Game attendance was 17,574.

My Thoughts:

Yes Chris Perez blew his 2nd save of the season.  However the Tribe picked him up in the Bottom of the 9th to secure the win.

This is Cleveland’s 3rd win in a row.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Kipnis Lifts Tribe in Packed House Over Mariners 6-3

By:  Stephen Parsons

There was a trend heading into tonight's game.  The 2 previous Friday night games at Progressive Field were walk off wins for the Tribe.  Tonight would make it 3 out of 3, as Cleveland kept rolling over former manager Eric Wedge 6-3.

Ubaldo Jimenez was the starter for Cleveland.  He has been the hottest starter for the Tribe winning his last 3 starts, including last Saturday over former MVP Justin Verlander.

The scoring would start in the Bottom of the 2nd inning.  Jason Giambi hit a sac fly to deep right field, this scored Nick Swisher and advanced Carlos Santana to 3rd base.  Brandon Maurer would throw a wild pitch which scored Santana from 3rd base making it a 2-0 Cleveland advantage.

In the Top of the 4th Kendrys Morales hit a ball that still hasn't landed yet.  It was his 5th home run of the season and it cut the lead to 2-1 Indians.

Cleveland would respond in the Bottom of the 5th inning, Andrew Stubbs hit a solo home run extending the lead to 3-1 Tribe.  This was Stubbs' 3rd home run of the season.

Rich Hill would come on to relieve Jimenez in the Top of the 6th, however he would blow the potential 4th straight win for Jimenez.  Raul Ibanez hit a 2-run home run off Hill tying the game at 3.  This was Ibanez's 7th home run of the season.

The book was officially closed on Ubaldo Jimenez.  5 innings pitched allowing 2 runs on 7 hits.  He struck out 9 and walked only 2.  He lowered his ERA to 5.31.

There it would stay tied until the Bottom of the 1oth inning.  Andrew Stubbs would reach base safely with 2 outs.  Stubbs would then steal 2nd base despite a pick off attempt by the pitcher Lucas Luetge.  Then Michael Bourn would reach base safely on a swinging bunt.  So just like that the Tribe had runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs.

Enter Jason Kipnis to the plate.   Kipnis pulled a ball and drove it over the right field wall for the 6-3 win, walk off home run by Jason Kipnis, his 7th of the season.  Ball Game!

Vinnie Pestano go the win in his return, he is now 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA.  Lucas Luetge took the loss falling to 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA.

Time of the game was 3 hours and 37 minutes.  Game attendance was a season high 34,282 at Progressive Field.

My Thoughts:

Great win for the beginning of a 4-game series.  Jimenez continues to look great each start.  Baseball is a 162-game marathon, I don't expect it, but I will enjoy it, maybe he has finally developed to a point where he doesn't need his velocity at 97 mph to be effective.  We shall see more, loving what I am seeing at this point.

Ever since Jason Kipnis has been moved back to the 2-spot in the batting order we have seen the results.  I said 2 weeks ago that I felt he was heating up.  He has his batting average up to .244 with 7 home runs and 23 runs batted in.

Coming Up Next:

They pick it up again tomorrow afternoon for Game 2 of the 4 game series.  Cleveland will start Zach McAllister who is 3-3 with a 2.68 ERA this season.  Seattle starts Joe Saunders who is 3-4 with a 5.51 ERA this season.

First pitch is at 1:05 at Progressive Field tomorrow afternoon.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tribe Takes Series Behind Francona's Key Substitutions, Tied For 1st Place

By:  Stephen Parsons

Last night the Indians shocked Detroit in beating Justin Verlander.  It was also the 1st time Ubaldo Jimenez  had won 3 straight starts since 2011.  Cleveland had a chance to accomplish another milestone, win 4 straight series for the 1st time since 2008.  They would also tie Detroit in the standings with a win today.  If they wanted it, they would have to earn it, and be willing to work a little overtime.

The pitching matchup was Zach McAllister against Rick Porcello.  McAllister has been one of Cleveland's most reliable arms this season.  Detroit would strike 1st on this day.

In the Bottom of the 2nd, Bryan Pena hit a 2-run shot over the head of Andrew Stubbs.  This scored Jhonny Peralta, and was Pena's 2nd home run of the season and would give Detroit the early 2-0 lead.
The Tribe would not wait long to respond, in the Top of the 3rd inning, Jason Kipnis hit his 6th double of the season to score Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley, tying the game at 2. 

In the Bottom of the 4th Omar Infante would hit a ball to deep right field, it was deep enough to score Jhonny Peralta from 3rd on the sacrifice fly, 3-2 Detroit.

In the Top of the 5th Cleveland had a chance to not only tie the game, but take a lead.  The situation was bases loaded, 1 out with Asdrubal Cabrera at the plate.  He swung at the 1st pitch right to the 2nd baseman Omar Infante for the inning ending double play.
There it would stay for quite a while.  Zach McAllister would pitch for 6 innings allowing 2 earned runs, 3 total runs, on 8 hits, striking out 5 and walking 3.  Rick Porcello went 6 innings as well allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 6 with 2 walks.

It came down to the Top of the 9th when Tigers closer Jose Valverde came on for the save.  Valverde had not allowed a hit in his 6 previous appearances this season. 

Michael Bourn pinch hit for Ryan Raburn to lead off the inning.  Bourn took a 6-pitch walk, then stole 2nd base.  Lonnie Chisenhall with a runner in scoring position struck out on a full count where the ball was high and outside. 

Yan Gomes then hit a foul ball to Prince Fielder to get the 2nd out of the inning. 

It would have been Andrew Stubbs' turn in the lineup, but with him going 0 for 3 with strikeouts
today, manager Terry Francona decided to pinch hit Jason Giambi.  Giambi took a walk to put 2 on for Michael Brantley.  Brantley took a fastball the opposite way past shortstop Jhonny Peralta.  Bourn easily scored from 2nd base giving Cleveland their 3rd run to extend the game.

Joe Smith came on in the Bottom of the 9th, after allowing a lead off single to Andy Dirks, Torri Hunter hit into a double play.  Miguel Cabrera then flew out to deep right field to end the inning.  Extra innings coming up.

In the Top of the 10th, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a lead off double.  Nick Swisher would ground out next, advancing Cabrera to 3rd base.  Carlos Santana would draw an intentional walk.  Michael Bourn would hit a ball to Jhonny Peralta, he threw to the plate getting Cabrera out at the plate.  With Bourn on 1st and Santana on 2nd Mark Reynolds was called on to pinch hit for Lonnie Chisenhall. 
Mark Reynolds came threw again, this time a clutch single to left field scoring Carlos Santana putting the Tribe ahead for the 1st time all day 4-3.
Chris Perez would not come on for the save as he was given the day off.  Rich Hill would pitch instead.  Prince Fielder flied out to center field for the 1st out.  Victor Martinez would then strike out on a foul tip in the glove of Yan Gomes. 

Cody Allen was then called on to get the final out, Matt Tuiasosopo would be called on to pinch hit.  Allen would get the strike out for his 1st career major league save.  4-3 Ball Game!

Joe Smith got the win he is now 1-0 with a 0.66 ERA.  Darin Downs took the loss, he is now 0-1 with a 2.55 ERA this season.  Cody Allen getting his 1st career save.

Time of the game was 3 hours and 35 minutes.  Game attendance was 35,260.

My Thoughts:

Another phenomenal start by Zach McAllister.  His ERA is now 2.68 this season.  This game came down to good pitching and excellent decisions by manager Terry Francona.  Knowing how to use your bench.  Getting Bourn into the game in the 9th was huge.  He drew the walk, stole 2nd and Giambi drew a walk getting Brantley the chance he needed to extend the game.  Mark Reynolds hitting for Chisenhall was huge as well putting Cleveland ahead in the 10th. 

Also, knowing the situation of Chris Perez having a high pitch count last night, and the fact it was a day game following a night game.  Play the percentages, let Rich Hill pitch against the left handed hitting Prince Fielder and switch hitter Victor Martinez, then bring in Cody Allen, who is believed to be a future closer in this league, to shut the door.

This win puts Cleveland in a 1st place tie with Detroit.

Coming Up Next:

Tomorrow will be a double header in Cleveland against the New York Yankees to make up 2 rained out games from 1st home stand.

In Game 1 New York will start David Phelps who is 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA this season.  Cleveland will start ace Justin Masterson who is 5-2 with a 3.67 ERA this season.

In Game 2 New York will start Vidal Nuno who has no record with a 0.00 ERA this season.  Cleveland will start Trevor Bauer who is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA.

The Doubleheader starts at 12:05 PM ET from Progressive Field.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Indians Sweep A's for 1st time since 1995 9-2

By:  Stephen Parsons
Cleveland has been rolling as of late winning 9 of 10 games.  Today they attempted to sweep the Oakland Athletics for the 1st time in Cleveland since 1995.  That series had a signature moment, Dennis Eckersly allowing a walk off grand slam to Manny Ramirez.  Eckersly was so surprised how far it was hit, it made him say WOW.

The signature moment in this series might be a few different factors.  The Indians pitching, Nick Swisher, or just how many home runs can Mark Reynolds hit.

The Tribe would face another former Cy Young award winner in Bartolo Colon.  Colon began his career in Cleveland before being traded to Montreal for prospects Brandon Phillips, Grady Sizemore, and Cliff Lee.

The Indians did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard today.  Jason Kipnis hit a 2-run home run scoring Michael Brantley.  This was Kipnis’ 4th home run of the season.

In the Bottom of the 2nd inning Yan Gomes hit a double which scored Mark Reynolds.  Gomes advanced to 3rd base due to a throwing error by Brandon Moss.  Andrew Stubbs continued the assault scoring Gomes with a single.

Jason Kipnis hit a sacrifice fly to score Andrew Stubbs making it 5-0.

In the Bottom of the 3rd inning, Nick Swisher smashed his 2nd home run in the past 2 games over the right field wall.  This was Swisher’s 5th home run of the year.

Jason Giambi drove in Asdrubal Cabrera to make it 7-0 in the Bottom of the 5th.  Then Mark Reynolds belted his 11th home run of the season making it 9-0 Cleveland.

Scott Kazmir was flat out dominant today.  He pitched 6 innings allowing only 1 run on 5 hits.  He also struck out 10 Oakland hitters.

Oakland would scratch across 2 runs late in garbage time, but the Indians would prevail 9-2.
Scott Kazmir got the win he is now 2-1 with a 4.87 ERA.  Bartolo Colon took the loss falling to 3-2
with a 4.57 ERA.

This win gives the Indians 5 wins against former Cy Young award winners this season.  R.A. Dickey, David Price, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and now Bartolo Colon.

Time of the game was 3 hours.  Game attendance was 12,477.

My Thoughts:

Excellent series by the Indians, great home stand.  They win 8 of 9 on the home stand, and 10 of their last 11 games.

This was a great series against one of the best scoring teams in all of baseball.
It all means nothing if they get swept this weekend in Detroit.

Coming Up Next:

The Indians begin a 3-game series in Detroit starting tomorrow night.

Corey Kluber will start for Cleveland, he is 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA this season.  Max Scherzer will start for Detroit.  He is off to an impressive 4-0 start with a 3.43 ERA.
First pitch will be at 7:08 PM ET at Comerica Park in Detroit.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Indians Beat Athletics in Controversial Form 4-3

By:  Stephen Parsons
The Indians have been playing very well entering Wednesday’s game.  They have won 8 of the previous 9 games and were looking to secure another series win against the Oakland Athletics.  The Tribe had their ace on the mound, so Cleveland felt confident they would win this game.  No one would be able to predict how this game would unfold.

Justin Masterson was smooth sailing until the Top of the 5th inning.  Clutch hitting by the A’s put a 3 spot on the scoreboard following singles by Brandon Moss and Daric Barton.

In the Bottom of the 5th, the Indians started to roll offensively.  Michael Brantley grounded into a fielder’s choice.  Ryan Raburn scored.  Brantley reached base safely due to a throwing error by Adam Rosales, this allowed Lonnie Chisenhall to score the 2nd Cleveland run of the night.  Cleveland’s rally for the inning ended at 3-2 after 5.

In the Bottom of the 6th, Cleveland continued the attack, this time via the long ball.  Nick Swisher hit a homer run to right center field.  This was Swisher’s 4th home run of the season tying the game at 3.
Carlos Santana then hit a solo home run to deep center field.  This was Santana’s 7th home run of the season, and would give Cleveland a 4-3 lead.

Masterson went 7 strong innings, with Vinnie Pestano on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis, Joe Smith came on for the 8th inning.  He struck out 2 and allowed no runs.

Then the 9th inning came, Chris Perez would attempt to convert saves on back-to-back games for the 1st time this season.  He got the 1st two batters out, then Adam Rosales took a 93 mph pitch over the head of Michael Brantley.  It was originally ruled a double, instant replay showed it clearly went over the yellow line.  After review, it was called no home run.  Oakland manager, Bob Melvin, came out to argue the call and was ejected.

Perez then hit Eric Sogard with a pitch, putting him on 1st base.  Perez then had a long battle with John Jaso, which resulted in a walk.  So with the bases loaded Seth Smith hit a comebacker to the mound, which Perez took to 1st base himself.  4-3 Ball Game!

Justin Masterson gets the win, he improves to 5-2 with a 3.67 ERA on the season.  AJ Griffin took the loss, falling to 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA.  Chris Perez earned his 5th save in 6 opportunities.
Time of the game was 2 hours and 26 minutes.  Game attendance was 11,125.

My Thoughts:

No doubt the Indians caught a break in the Top of the 9th.  Baseball is a game of breaks, Cleveland took advantage of one and got their 9th win out of 1o games.
Indians improve to 17-14, and the A’s fall to 18-17.

Coming Up Next:

12:05 start tomorrow for the series finale.  The A’s will attempt to avoid the sweep as they put former Cleveland Indian and former AL Cy Young award winner Bartolo Colon on the hill.  Colon is 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA this season.  The Indians will counter with left-hander Scott Kazmir, who is 1-1 with a 6.28 ERA this season.

1st pitch is at 12:05 PM ET at Progressive Field.
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tribe Keeps Rolling Past the Twins 7-3

By: Stephen Parsons

The Cleveland Indians are the hottest team in all of baseball. They entered Saturday's game winning their last 5 games, getting back to the .500 mark after a walk off hit by Andrew Stubbs last night in Cleveland.

Scott Kazmir took the hill today looking for his 2nd quality start in 3 attempts. He would be opposed by right hander Kevin Correia. The Indians would strike 1st, something that has been common during the winning streak. Jason Kipnis hit a solo home run in the Bottom of the 1st inning giving Cleveland a quick 1-0 lead. 
Nick Swisher returned to the lineup serving as the team's designated hitter today. He wanted to make sure no one forgot about him, so he also hit a solo home run in the Bottom of the 1st inning. Just like that it was 2-0 Cleveland, but Minnesota would not wait to react.

In the Top of the 2nd inning, Pedro Florimon hit a line drive to left field, scoring Trevor Plouffe.
Cleveland would again retaliate, it would be Michael Brantley hitting a line drive to left field. This would score Lonnie Chisenhall, and advanced Ezequiel Carrera to 2nd base.

Jason Kipnis, who has been heating up since returning to the 2-hole, drove in the Tribe's 4th run on a bloop pop up to short stop. Pedro Florimon was unable to make the grab as Ezequiel Carrera was able to score giving Cleveland a 4-1 lead.

Minnesota would claw back into the game in the Top of the 5th. Aaron Hicks hit his 1st home run of the season making the score 4-2 Cleveland.

In the Bottom of the 7th the Indians would effectively put the game away. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a double scoring Jason Kipnis and Mark Reynolds hit a single scoring Asdrubal Cabrera giving Cleveland a 6-2 lead.

In the Top of the 8th Ryan Doumit hit a single to center field, this scored catcher Joe Mauer and cut the deficit to 6-3.

In the Bottom of the 8th inning Ezequiel Carrera hit line drive to center field scoring Andrew Stubbs, extending the lead to 7-3.

In the Top of the 9th, Chris Perez came in a non-save situation and closed the door on the Twins. 7-3 Final, Ballgame!

Scott Kazmir gets the win, he is now 1-1 with a 6.28 ERA after 3 starts this season. Kevin Correia gets the loss, he falls to 3-2 this season with a 2.83 ERA.

Time of the game was 2 hours and 51 minutes. Game attendance was 17,830 at Progressive Field.
Player of the game was Jason Kipnis. After a 4-rbi game last night, Kipnis went 3 for 4 with 2 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. His batting average now sits at .229.

The Indians are above .500 for the 1st time since they started 2-1.

My Thoughts:

Somebody break up the Indians, what has been the reason of this 6-game winning streak? Consistent pitching, quality hitting? Fact: This is the 1st time the Indians have scored at least 6 runs in 6 straight games since 2005. Maybe it's the blue uniforms? What ever it is, it is working and everyone is playing well.

It also seems that both Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera are batting much better since switching spots in the batting order.

Coming Up Next:

It's Cinco de Mayo!! Tomorrow Corey Kluber takes the mound for the Indians. Kluber is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA this season. He will be opposed by Mike Pelfrey who is 2-3 with a 7.66 ERA this season.
The Tribe will have the brooms ready, as they attempt to go for the sweep and their 7th straight win.

First pitch is at 1:05 PM ET at Progressive Field.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Indians Shutout Phils in Lee's Return 6-0

By:  Stephen Parsons
In 2008 Cliff Lee became Cleveland’s 1st 20 game winner since 1974 when Gaylord Perry won 21 games.  Cliff Lee went 22-3 that season, winning the AL Cy Young, before being traded to Philadelphia in 2009.  This was his 1st return to Cleveland since the trade, but it would end as it has this season for most former Cy Young award winners.  Cleveland would prevail over the former Indian 6-0 behind a strong outing by Trevor Bauer.

Bauer was called up to make a start due to the day-night double header on Sunday against Kansas City.  Bauer walked his way into trouble, very similar to his 1st start against Tampa Bay.  He would end up walking 6 Phillies in the 5 innings that he worked.  He would get himself out of trouble with solid defense and clutch strike outs.  Bauer struck out 5 allowing only 1 hit in shut out baseball.
Cliff Lee would give up a run in the Bottom of the 2nd with a Mike Aviles sac fly scoring Carlos Santana giving the Tribe a 1-0 lead.

In the Bottom of the 3rd inning, Asdrubal Cabrera came through with a clutch 2-run double putting the Tribe up 3-0.  Later in the inning, Ryan Raburn would hit an infield single, 1 of 7 on the night for Cleveland.  This scored Asdrubal Cabrera making it 4-0 Cleveland.

In the Bottom of the 5th Ryan Raburn struck again, this time hitting a double scoring Mark Reynolds, extending the lead to 5-0.

Cliff Lee’s return to Cleveland went for 6 innings pitched allowing 5 runs on 9 hits.  He struck out 4 and walked 2.

In the Bottom of the 7th, after a couple of infield hits, Drew Stubbs hit another infield hit to score Carlos Santana, giving Cleveland a 6-0 lead.

The Indians bullpen combined the efforts of Bryan Shaw, Rich Hill, Joe Smith and Cody Allen.  They combined for 4 strike outs and allowed only 2 hits.

The Indians got their 2nd shutout in 3 games.  This win gives the Tribe a 4 game winning streak.

Some notes for the winning streak:  The Indians team as a whole have batted 59/152 (that is 14 hits or more in 4 straight games)  an average of .388.  They have outscored opponents 39 to 5 in the streak.  Michael Brantley has batted 9 for 16, Asdrubal Cabrera has batted 6 for 16.  Mark Reynolds has batted 7 for 18, Carlos Santana 8 for 14, and Ryan Raburn 12 for 18 including 12 for his last 14.

Trevor Bauer gets the win, he is now 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA.  Cliff Lee takes the loss falling to 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA.

Time of the game was 3 hours and 4 minutes.  Game attendance was 12,730.

My Thoughts:

The Indians have beaten 4 former Cy Young Award Pitchers this season.  R.A. Dickey, David Price, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee.  And it’s only May 1st.  It is a great sight to see the offense continue to explode not at full strength.

With the win, the Indians have won 7 of their last 11 games.  The Indians sit 12-13, only 2 and 1/2 games back of Detroit.

Coming Up Next:

The Indians open up a 3-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.  Justin Masterson will start for Cleveland, he is 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA.  Minnesota will start Pedro Hernandez who is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA.

First pitch will be at 7:05 PM ET at Progressive Field.
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