Game #77: Cleveland Indians (38-38) at Baltimore Orioles (42-34)
By Mike Brandyberry
If the Indians did not have bad luck, they wouldn’t have any luck at all. Friday evening the Tribe lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 9-8. They outhit the Orioles, but early errors and too many runners left on base were the Indians’ downfall. To make matters worse, Lonnie Chisenhall was hit by a pitch and broke his right arm and will miss at least the next six weeks.
The Tribe wakes up this morning trailing the Chicago White Sox by three and one-half games, their largest deficit of the season. Josh Tomlin (3-5, 5.70 ERA) will try to get the Indians back on track this afternoon. Tomlin, along with several other Indian starters, has had a tough June. He is 1-3, with a 6.75 ERA in five June starts, including a defeat on Monday against the New York Yankees. Tomlin allowed six runs in only three innings against the Bronx Bombers. He’ll have to deal with a small ballpark, warm temperatures and a baseball that will easily carry this afternoon, just as he did in New York.
Baltimore will counter with left-hander Dana Eveland (0-0, 3.00 ERA). Eveland is replacing the struggling Tommy Hunter in the rotation. It is only Eveland’s second start of the season, however, he has been effective in 10 relief appearances, compiling a 2.57 ERA. While Eveland may not have the stamina to pitch deep into the game, considering he’s been primarily a relief pitcher and the temperature is expected to be around 100 degrees again, he has the potential to give the Indians fits since he is left-handed. Despite the Tribe’s victory over Wei-Yin Chen on Friday, the Indians are only 6-16 when southpaws start against them. They’ll face lefties both today and tomorrow to conclude the series.
The Indians will most likely make a roster move before today’s game to give the Tribe a replacement for Chisenhall. Russ Canzler or Matt LaPorta seem to be the two most viable options. Either could be the team’s designated hitter for the next two days before Travis Hafner is activated on Monday. Hafner is rehabbing in Triple-A Columbus today and Sunday. Meanwhile Carlos Santana is supposed to be re-evaluated prior to today’s game and could be in the lineup if his back tightness subsides.
Game time is slated for 4:05 pm at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The game can be heard on the Indians Radio Network and seen on SportsTiime Ohio.
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