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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 18, 2017

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Alvarez Homers and Cabrera’s Errors Give Bucos Series Win; Pirates 9 Indians 5

By Charles Rosala

Pedro Alvarez had a career series against the Cleveland Indians, while Asdrubal Cabrera had a defensive game that he’ll want to forget. The Pirates took the season series and took control of the overall head-to-head matchup with their 9-5 win Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.

Jason Kipnis started the game off the right way with a two-out solo home run to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead. That home run gave Jeanmar Gomez his sixth straight start with the first lead in the game, he is 2-4 in those past six starts, including today.

The Indians offense added another run in the bottom of the second inning, once again with two outs. Johnny Damon hit a blooper to left fielder and on the very next pitch stole second base. Casey Kotchman got his 23rd RBI of the season as he drove in Damon and gave the Indians a 2-0 lead.

After getting the first two runners on base to start the third inning Brad Lincoln battled back to get the next three batters out, but before that final out occurred; Kipnis recorded his 15th straight steal and his now leading 17th steal in the American League.

After a throwing error by Cabrera which would have ended the inning, gives the Pirates took another opportunity to score. Alvarez hit a three run home run and his third home run in the past two games to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

In the same inning the Indians answer right back with a few runs of their own. Shin-Soo Choo  drove in Damon and Lou Marson to give him his 21st and 22nd RBIs of the year and gave the Indians a 4-3 lead. That base hit ended the game for the Pirates starting pitcher. He went three and one-third innings allowing eight hits and only striking out two batters.

No lead was safe today. Alex Presley hit his second home run of the series and first of the game to tie the game up at four a piece in the fifth inning. Cabrera continued to add to his very forgettable day by committing two errors on one play that allowed the Pirates to add two more runs and take back the lead 6-4.

When asked about Cabrera’s horrible defensive game Indians manager Manny Acta said, “You want him to make every play but you also have to step back and know he has won a lot of games with his glove; he showed his human side today.”

Gomez was done for the day after pitching four and one-third innings allowing seven hits and only striking out one batter. “Gomez was okay, but he fell behind a lot of guys,” Acta said.

Esmil Rogers comes into pitch, and the very first batter he faced wents yard. Alvarez hit his second thre- run home run of the game and increased the Pirates lead to 9-4.

Kipnis continued to show that he belongs in this year’s All-Star game by having a three hit game. His third hit of the game was a one-out single with no one on base. He then advanced to second base on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a Michael Brantley’s two-out double to make the 9-5 Pirates.

The Indians will look to bounce back from two straight horrible series against in-state rival, Cincinnati Reds. The Tribe has lost five of six games and four straight to the Reds. Tomorrow’s opening series matchup has Derek Lowe (7-5 3.78 ERA) versus Matt Latos (5-2 4.64 ERA). The game can be seen on SportsTime Ohio at 7:05pm or heard on WTAM 1100.

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