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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 11, 2017

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Game #75: Cleveland Indians (37-37) at Baltimore Orioles (41-33)

By Mike Brandyberry

The Indians played much better Wednesday, taking an early lead and battling back, however, the Yankees timely hitting was too much for the Tribe. The Yankees swept the Indians out of New York, winning 5-4. Today is the first day since April 18 that the Tribe wakes up at the .500 mark.

It was only a week ago they had swept the Cincinnati Reds at home and had a game and a half lead on the division. Today, they find themselves two and one-half games in back of the Chicago White Sox and trying to survive the final leg of a three city, 10-game road trip. This weekend they’ll have to endure sweltering heat too. Each day the high is supposed to be around 100 degrees.

Zach McAllister (1-1, 3.96 ERA) returns from Columbus to replace Jeanmar Gomez in the Tribe rotation. Gomez had struggled in his last six starts. McAllister filled in nicely in late April and early May when Josh Tomlin was on the disabled list. Now it appears if McAllister can pitch effectively the spot in the rotation can be his. He has had success at Triple-A Columbus, going 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 11 starts.

He’ll be opposed by the Orioles Wei-Yin Chen (7-3, 3.38 ERA). Chen finds himself holding the Indians kryptonite in his hand—his left hand. The Indians are now 5-16 when southpaws start against them. Their struggles all season against lefties are noteworthy, but the offense has been struggling against all pitchers on the road trip. Chen pitched five innings on Saturday against the Washington Nationals, allowing three runs and suffering the loss.

In order to make room on the roster for McAllister, the Tribe optioned Scott Barnes back to Triple-A Columbus. Barnes was called up on Monday as an extra arm for the New York series. Offensively, Carlos Santana was removed from the game Wednesday with mid-back tightness. It was deemed precautionary, but considering his ailments, the heat and his offensive struggles, do not be surprised to see Lou Marson receive a little more playing time this weekend.

The Tribe will try to take the first game of the series, beginning at 7:05 from Camden Yards. The game can be heard on AM-1100 WTAM, FM-100.7 WMMS and the rest of the Indians Radio Network. SportsTime Ohio will have the game on television.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Jose Lopez, 1B
5. Michael Brantley, CF
6. Shelley Duncan, DH
7. Johnny Damon, LF
8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
9. Lou Marson, C

Baltimore Orioles Starting Lineup
1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Xavier Avery, LF
3. J.J. Hardy, SS
4. Adam Jones, CF
5. Chris Davis, DH
6. Matt Weiters, C
7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
8. Mark Reynolds, 1B
9. Ryan Flaherty, RF

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