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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | November 22, 2017

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Game #64: Pittsburgh Pirates (32-31) at Cleveland Indians (33-30)

By Mike Brandyberry

Last evening the Indians used seven shutout innings from Justin Masterson, key two-out hits from Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley and the back end of the bullpen to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-0. The victory moved the Indians to within a half game of the first place Chicago White Sox.

Today the Indians will send Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.91 ERA) to the mound with the possibility of first place on the horizon. Jimenez has pitched well in his last two starts. He took a no-decision last Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, but only allowed one run over seven innings. Jimenez has appeared to be a different pitcher since his eight day layoff to work on mechanical issues at the end of May. He now appears closer to the pitcher the Indians traded for at last July’s trade deadline. With the Indians still struggling of late, today is a game Jimenez was acquired for, to turn the momentum back in the direction of the Tribe.

Pittsburgh will counter with A.J. Burnett (6-2, 3.61 ERA), who has had his own mechanical issues throughout his career, but seems to have them resolved this season. Burnett was sidelined the first month of the season after fouling a ball off his eye socket during bunting practice in Spring Training. The Pirates have won Burnett’s last seven outings, including a 3-2 victory last Sunday at home against the Kansas City Royals.

Brantley’s two-out base hit in the bottom of the eighth extended his hitting streak to 22 games last night. The hit scored Shin-Soo Choo from second base and gave the Indians a much needed insurance run. Today, Brantley will look to advance the streak a day farther. He is one for seven lifetime against Burnett.

Game time is slated for 4:05 pm at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. The game can be heard on the Indians Radio Network, but you won’t hear Tom Hamilton who is watching his son Nick play for Kent State in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The game can also be seen on SportsTime Ohio.

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, DH
7. Shelley Duncan, LF
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B

Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Lineup
1. Alex Presley, LF
2. Neil Walker, 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Garrett Jones, DH
5. Casey McGehee, 1B
6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
7. Jose Tabata, RF
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Clint Barmes, SS

Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images