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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 17, 2017

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Game Preview #76: Cleveland Indians (38-37) at Baltimore Orioles (41-34)

By Mike Brandyberry

Thursday evening the Indians used three home runs and the return of Zach McAllister to snap their five game losing streak and defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-2. Johnny Damon homered in the second inning and Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera each followed later in the game. McAllister pitched five and two-third innings in his first start in the rotation where he is not just replacing an injured teammate.

Today, the Indians will send veteran Derek Lowe (7-6, 4.28 ERA) to the mound. After a fantastic start to the season, Lowe has lost his last three decisions and is 1-5, with a 7.41 ERA in his last seven starts. Lowe allowed three earned runs over six and two-third innings last Sunday in Houston, however the Tribe offense and bullpen gave him little help. The Indians were defeated 7-1. In order to be successful, Lowe will have to continue to induce groundballs and keep the ball low in the strike zone, especially considering the warm temperature and small ballpark.

Baltimore will counter with Jake Arrieta (3-9, 5.55 ERA). Arrieta was briefly demoted to the bullpen, but has rebounded and gone 1-1, with a 2.70 ERA since being moved back into the rotation. Sunday he earned a no decision against the Washington Nationals, allowing only one run over six innings of work.

Cabrera is 3-for-5, with a home run against Arrieta. The Tribe needs to stay aggressive with the bats and gain the lead early. Early leads make it easy for manager Manny Acta to go to the back end of the bullpen in the last three innings. Cleveland has been very successful when this formula plays out.

Cleveland will be without Carlos Santana for the second straight game. He left Wednesday’s game with mid-back tightness in New York. Acta does not feel it will be necessary to make a trip to the disabled list, but will need a couple days of rest. Considering Santana’s struggles at the plate, a couple days of rest could be just what the doctor ordered for his season.

Game time is slated for 7:05 pm from Camden Yards in Baltimore. The game can be heard on the Indians Radio Network, including AM-1100 WTAM and FM-100.7 WMMS. Rick Manning and Matt Underwood will bring the television feed to SportsTime Ohio.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Michael Brantley, CF
5. Johnny Damon, LF
6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
7. Lonnie Chisenhall, DH
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. Wilson Betemit, 1B
6. Chris Davis, DH
7. Matt Wieters, C
8. Ryan Flaherty, RF
9. Robert Andino, 3B

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