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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | June 21, 2018

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Game #32 – Cleveland Indians (18-13) vs. Boston Red Sox (12-19)

By Matthew Van Wormer

There are really only a couple things that take away the sting of losing to the Chicago White Sox. One of those things is beating the Boston Red Sox. Josh Beckett had another miserable outing and the Indians took the first game of their four game series in Beantown, 8-3.

Michael Brantley had a four-hit game, Jack Hannahan and Jason Kipnis both homered and the road offense kept on moving along as Derek Lowe earned his fifth win on the season.

Tonight, Cleveland goes up against Clay Buchholz (3-1, 9.09 ERA). Buchholz owns the worst ERA in the American League but has gutted out wins with the assistance of the Red Sox offense. While Boston looks for a turn-around from Buchholz, the Indians would rather follow suit and score at least five runs off of the southpaw like everyone else.

Surprisingly, Casey Kotchman has been very successful against Buchholz. Kotchman has six hits in 11 at bats with three doubles. Maybe he’ll be able to give the rest of the team, which has limited experience against Buchholz, some tips on their approach at the plate.

Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 4.04 ERA) will look to build on his last start which saw him lower his ERA by almost a full run. His seven innings of scoreless ball were just what the Indians needed against Yu Darvish on Sunday. Now, they need him to limit a potent Red Sox offense in a ballpark that can be tough to pitch in.

Adrian Gonzalez is the only Red Sox hitter with more than five at bats against Jimenez, and he has been kept in check for the most part (4 for 26) but he does have two home runs against Ubaldo. Keeping the ball on the ground should be Jimenez’ goal for his first ever start at Fenway.

With an offense that has been very inconsistent early, another offensive outburst should give the Tribe bats a boost of confidence and lead to more and more runs being scored. We’ll see how they fare, tonight at 7:10 on SportsTime Ohio and the Cleveland Indians Radio Network.

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Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4. Travis Hafner, DH
5. Carlos Santana, C
6. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
7. Michael Brantley, CF
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

Boston Red Sox Starting Lineup
1. Ryan Sweeney, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
6. Daniel Nava, LF
7. Cody Ross, RF
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
9. Nick Punto, SS

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