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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 20, 2017

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Game #55: Cleveland Indians (29-25) at Detroit Tigers (25-30)

By Mike Brandyberry

After an eight day layoff, Ubaldo Jimenez looked like the pitcher the Indians traded for eleven months ago and the Tribe hit three triples to defeat the Detroit Tigers, 4-2. The victory was huge for the psyche of Jimenez, a team struggling against left-handed pitching and embarking on a key nine game road trip.

Jimenez pitched six and two-third innings last night and only walked one. The Indians felt pushing his start back a couple days would give him extra time to work on mechanical issues. The work proved valuable, as he had much better control, only walking one hitter.

Tonight, Jeanmar Gomez (3-4, 4.22 ERA) will look to rebound much like Jimenez. After a strong spring training and start to the season, Gomez has had back to back rocky starts of late. Gomez has allowed 11 runs and 16 hits in his last 10 2/3 innings over his last two starts, one against Chicago and the other against Kansas City. The Indians are 4-0 on the season against the Tigers.

In order for the Tribe to make if five straight to start 2012 against Detroit, they’ll have to defeat right-hander Max Scherzer (5-3, 5.55 ERA). Scherzer has won three straight games this season, and three straight against the Indians in his career. He was 4-0, with a 4.04 ERA in six starts in the month of May.

Johnny Damon returns to the Tribe roster from the paternity list. He’ll return to the lineup and left field, as well. Catcher Luke Carlin was optioned to Triple-A Columbus to make room for Damon. After a night at designated hitter, Carlos Santana moves back behind the plate, making Carlin expendable. Jose Lopez was a late scratch from last night’s lineup and is listed as day-to-day with a strain in his lower back.

All the action begins at Comerica Park in Detroit at 7:05 and can be heard on the Indians Radio Network and seen on SportsTime Ohio. The Indians are only 5-23 at Comerica Park since 2009.

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

Detroit Tigers Starting Lineup
1. Quintin Berry, CF
2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Brennan Boesch, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Don Kelly, LF
9. Bryan Holaday, C

Photo: Getty Images

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