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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 18, 2017

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Tribe Offense Blisters Orioles In Summer Heat; Indians 11, Orioles 5

By Dave Roberts

Thanks to a strong offensive approach the Indians, bats continued to stay awake this series thanks in large part to big two out hits in an 11-5 win over the O’s. Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Lopez and Lou Marson each had career days pacing the Tribe offense.

Josh Tomlin took the mound against the Orioles on Saturday afternoon looking to turn things around. Meanwhile the Tribe offense looked to keep the bats rolling against youngster Dana Eveland, making a spot start out of the pen.

Tomlin looked gutsy through the outing not fooling many Orioles hitters but thanks to some stellar defense was able to pull through a decent performance. Through six innings, Tomlin allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking three. The one real blemish to Tomlin’s line came in the fourth inning when he allowed a lead-off double to Adam Jones and a Wilson Betemit walk to set the stage for Chris Davis to crush a three-run homerun to right. Other than the big inning, Tomlin gave up solo runs in both the fourth and sixth innings en route to a win.

The bullpen followed up Tomlin’s performance with a solid seventh-eighth-ninth wrap up. Esmil Rogers came on in relief for the seventh inning and tossed a solid inning striking out one and walking one. Vinnie Pestano came in and tossed a perfect eighth. Finally, Tony Sipp made the ninth inning appearance and turned in yet another scoreless inning while striking out one.

Meanwhile the Indians bats looked to get aggressive against Eveland, as the lefty would be on a short leash coming out of the pen. Right out of the gate Shin-Soo Choo led off the first with a single followed by another single by Asdrubal Cabrera. After a Jason Kipnis fly out, Jose Lopez shot a single through the infield plating Choo putting the Tribe up early. Looking to keep the pressure on Eveland Michael Brantley walked to load the bases with one out but unfortunately, they could not capitalize further.

The second inning featured some more Choo as he shot a line drive for a homerun to left field. But the big blows came in the fourth inning and fifth innings as the Indians were looking for some insurance runs got a lead-off single from Lou Marson, followed by a Choo walk put a runner in scoring position for Cabrera who then followed up with a rbi single. After a Jason Kipnis groundout scored Choo, the Birds went to their pen for Tommy Hunter. After the pitching change, the Indians would plate one more on an infield single by Jose Lopez.

The Indians kept the heat on Tommy Hunter going into the fifth with a one out triple by Lou Marson. After a Cunningham strikeout, the Tribe again collected a series of two out hits by Choo and Cabrera that plated two followed by a Kipnis walk. Lopez again decided to get in on the action and singled plating the Tribe’s third run of the inning.

The Tribe would add two extra runs en route to the romping of the Orioles on a Duncan solo shot in the sixth and one in the ninth on a series of singles by Lopez, Brantley and Marson. Choo and Marson each had four hits on the day, while Lopez had five. Marson was a home run shy of the cycle.

The Indians will run out Justin Masterson (4-7 4.09) against Brian Matusz (5-9 5.24) at a 1:05 start with the Tribe looking for their first series win since the sweep of the Reds at home.

Photo: Gail Burton/AP Photos