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

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Game Preview #73: Cleveland Indians (37-35) at New York Yankees (44-28)

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night Josh Tomlin was hit hard and often by the Yankee offense, en route to a 7-1 drubbing of the Tribe. Tomlin allowed three home runs and could only survive four innings before his pitch count and the Yankee scoreboard became too high. The Tribe suffered their third straight loss after winning four in a row.

Tonight the Indians send ace Justin Masterson (4-6, 3.98 ERA) to the mound to try and stop the bleeding. Masterson threw a complete game last Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds, defeating them 8-1. The lone run he allowed was unearned and it was a rare occasion he received some run support. Masterson has not allowed an earned run in his last 20 innings of work and he might need to continue that tonight. The Indians have given Masterson two runs or less in nine of his last 11 starts. Like much of the season, the Tribe offense has been struggling, being outscored 22-3 during their three game losing streak.

New York will counter with Phil Hughes (7-6, 4.94 ERA). Hughes has allowed the second most home runs in all of the Major Leagues, with 19. He was defeated on June 20 by the Atlanta Braves when he allowed six runs in four and one-third innings. However, he is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA lifetime against the Indians. A struggling Indians offense could thrive on Hughes and his struggles, or be just what he needs to get himself right back on track.

The Indians will have to find a way to ignite their offense in order to win, but Chris Perez ignited Cleveland fans this morning with his comments in a New York Times story praising the Indians. The story praised the Indians for surviving in the division race, despite not scoring runs or having a strong fan support.

The Indians will try to score enough runs to get the game to Perez, beginning at 7:00 pm. The game can be heard on the Indians Radio Network or 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, LF
7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
9. Lonnie Chisenhall, DH

New York Yankees Starting Lineup
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Raul Ibanez, DH
8. Dewayne Wise, LF
9. Chris Stewart, C

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