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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | July 23, 2018

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Game Preview: Chicago (75-79) vs. Cleveland (76-77)

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians and White Sox split yesterday’s doubleheader with the Indians winning the day portion, 4-3, and the White Sox taking the night cap, 5-4.  The Indians used the long ball during the day as Travis Hafner, Kosuke Fukudome and Asdrubal Cabrera all went yard for the Tribe.
Under the lights, the Indians scored four runs in the fourth inning but couldn’t hold on for the victory.  Chicago chipped away at the Tribe, scoring one in the 5th, two in the 6th and two more to take the lead for good in the 7th.  The silver lining on the night, however, was the improved pitching of Zach McAllister.  In 5.1 innings, he struck out four, walked just one and gave up two runs.
Tonight, the Indians will try to beat Mark Buehrle (11-9, 3.74, 1.32 WHIP) for the third straight time this season.  The Tribe got seven runs in 5.2 innings off of Buehrle before chasing him from the game.  Lonnie Chisenhall loves facing Mark Buerhle so far in his career.  In three at-bats, “The Chisen One” has two home runs off the lefty.
Ubaldo Jimenez (4-2, 4.56, 1.41 WHIP, since trade) will go for his third straight win in a Tribe uniform as he looks to take down the White Sox for the second time in September.  Jimenez will need to find his control early, stay ahead of hitters and get some innings to give the bullpen a little bit of a break after a double-header yesterday and another one looming this weekend.
Juan Pierre has been the main thorn in Jimenez’ side when facing the White Sox.  In addition to a Double and a Home Run, Pierre has also drawn two walks against the big righty.  Keeping the speedster off of the base-paths will be key for Jimenez tonight as he seems to pitch much better without runners on base.
The Indians will look to hand Buerhle his fourth straight loss tonight and put another full game between themselves and the south siders heading into their series, and season, finale against the White Sox tomorrow night.  The battle for second place gets back in full swing tonight at 7:05.
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup:
Chicago White Sox Starting Lineup:
5. Adam Dunn, 1B
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

Photo: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

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