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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 19, 2017

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Former Indians Performing Well In Postseason

By Matt Van Wormer

Last night, in the top of the 7th inning, Ben Francisco drilled a Jaime Garcia pitch over the left field wall at Busch Stadium giving the Philadelphia Phillies all the runs they would need, and get, in their Game 3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.  Francisco’s three run shot was just one of many great things that have happened for former Indians so far in the 2011 playoffs.
 
In the very first game of the postseason, former Indians catcher, Kelly Shoppach, went 3 for 5 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI as the Rays trounced the Rangers 9-0 in the series opener.  The Rangers have since gone on to take the series, but it was a great performance none the less.
 
C.C. Sabathia hasn’t had great luck in the postseason so far, having his first start ended by a torrential down pour that knocked he and Justin Verlander out of importance in Game 1 of the Yankees-Tigers series.  But Sabathia is just one of the Indians doing damage in that series.
 
Victor Martinez had the Tigers only run in their Game 4 loss to the Yankees last night.  While he is hitting just .214 this postseason, Martinez’ leadership is one of the big reasons the Tigers have been playing the way they are and have a shot to do some serious damage if they can survive a huge Game 5 in the Bronx.
 
Another Tiger, Jhonny Peralta, who Cleveland fans were more than happy to see leave the city and the team, is making us regret those feelings.  Peralta is 4 for 15 so far, with two doubles and an RBI for Detroit.
 
Cliff Lee has had the toughest go of it so far in the playoffs as he lost his only start, so far, when he gave up five runs in six innings of work against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Phillies almost got Lee off the hook, losing the game by a score of 5-4.  Even in the loss, Lee still pitched pretty well, as he struck out nine Cardinals hitters.
 
Out in Arizona, Charles Nagy is taking care of business from the bench as manager Kirk Gibson’s pitching coach.  Josh Collmenter, under Nagy’s watchful eye, threw a masterful game last night, going seven innings and giving up just two hits and one run in the Diamondbacks Game 3 victory.

Jake Westbrook is also representing the group of former Indians in the playoffs as he has assumed a role in the bullpen with the Cardinals after being part of the rotation in the regular season.  He hasn’t been used yet but the junk-baller will certainly be ready to go if called into action.
 
We, as Indians fans, can look at this one of two ways.  We can be depressed and think about what could have been with a team consisting of Sabathia, Lee, Martinez, Peralta and a few others or we can be proud to know that these guys, who we once cheered for as hard as we could (well, except for Peralta), got their starts here in our fair city and that we, as a fan base, helped prepare them for where they are now.  I’ll take the positives and if you don’t, then you’re just not looking my way.
 
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