With a 2-0 win over the Nationals today the tribe are now 4-1 since the tearful eight game losing streak came to an end. The credit can’t be pointed in one direction though with the whole team in all areas from the batters to starting pitching on to the bullpen playing better and getting back into a solid rhythm.
Today couldn’t have been better for starter Corey Kluber, going 8 shut out innings on 8 strike outs and 7 hits. Those 7 hits as you could imagine did get him into some trouble a couple of times. One of those came in the 4th with no outs and runners on 1st and 3rd, working with that he struck out the next three to work out of it. The next was in the 7th where there were again no outs and this time bases loaded, he was able to get the next batter to hit into a double play and the next to hit into a ground out. That says a lot for him as a starter when even in those kinds of jams he can find a way to keep runners from scoring and work out of them and not get shaken up. Granted if he had let a run or two score it may have been a different story but he didn’t so… Klubers shut out gives the Indians a league leading 9 shut outs now on the season. Pestano closed out the gave for his first save.
Santana got an RBI single in the 4th bringing in Kipnis and in the 8th it was Kipnis out on a sac fly to bring in Bourn for the Indians two runs.
The one loss they’ve had came in yesterdays heart breaker where in the 3rd they were down 5-0 and by the end of the 5th were up 6-5 only to lose it 7-6 by giving up a run in each the 8th and 9th. It happens what can you do?!
Monday starts a series with the Royals who are only a half game behind the tribe for the second spot in the AL Central! GO TRIBE!