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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 21, 2017

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Game Preview #74: Cleveland Indians (37-36) at New York Yankees (45-28)

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night the Indians struggled to score runs yet again, suffering a 6-4 defeat to the New York Yankees. The Tribe did not score until the top of the ninth inning, once the game was already out of reach. The loss, combined with a Chicago White Sox victory, drops the Indians one and one-half games behind. The Detroit Tigers are just a game and one-half behind the Indians in third place.

The Tribe is now in the midst of their longest losing streak of the year at four games. They’ll turn to Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 4.59 ERA) to try and snap the losing ways. Jimenez was acquired last July 30 to break streaks and change momentum like today. He won 2-0 last Friday night against the Houston Astros, pitching six and two-third innings of shutout baseball. Jimenez’s last start was the beginning of the Tribe’s offensive woes.

He’ll be matched up against Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.29 ERA). The southpaw missed all of 2011 when he decided to retire. Pettitte announce his comeback late and missed the first month of the season. Since his return, he has been effective despite allowing five runs over six innings to the New York Mets last Friday. He is 3-0, with a 1.27 ERA in his last four home starts. Meanwhile, the Tribe’s difficulties against left-handers remains well chronicled. They are 5-15 when left-handed pitchers start against them.

Tribe designated hitter Travis Hafner is expected to begin a rehabilitation start tonight in Triple-A Columbus. The timetable for his return is still unknown and depends upon how his knee reacts. He ran the bases and slid at Progressive Field on Tuesday and has been cleared to play. Considering the Tribe’s offensive woes, one would have to expect Hafner to return to the lineup on Monday when the team comes home, if not sooner.

Today’s game begins at 1:05 from New Yankee Stadium. The game can be heard on the Indians Radio Network and seen on SportsTime Ohio. After the game, the team will travel to Baltimore for a four game series beginning tomorrow evening.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Jose Lopez, 3B
5. Carlos Santana, DH
6. Shelley Duncan, LF
7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
8. Lou Marson, C
9. Aaron Cunningham, RF

New York Yankees Starting Lineup
1. Curtis Granderson, CF
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Mark Teixeira, DH
6. Raul Ibanez, LF
7. Eric Chavez, 1B
8. Russell Martin, C
9. Jayson Nix, SS

Photo: Getty Images

Comments

  1. Pettitte out for 6 weeks to heal is not good news for the Yankees.
    On the play, Casey Kotchman’s low line drive hit Pettitte near his left ankle, the one the left-hander pushes off with. Pettitte took a step toward the ball near the third base line before gently dropping to the infield grass.