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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 22, 2017

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Game #94: Baltimore Orioles (49-44) at Cleveland Indians (47-46)

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night the Cleveland Indians were soundly defeated by the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 10-2. The Orioles tagged Tribe starter Derek Lowe, early and often when his sinker did not sink in the warm summer air. The O’s pounded out five doubles while defeating the Tribe and took control of the contest with a six run third inning.

The Tribe remains only three games back in the American League Central Division because the Chicago White Sox lost to the red-hot Detroit Tigers. However, Detroit has closed the White Sox lead to only a half game over the Motor City Kitties. After today, the Indians could be chasing Detroit instead of Chicago. Meanwhile in the wild card race, the Indians have dropped to two and one-half games behind the Tigers for the final spot, with Baltimore, Tampa, Boston and Oakland all between the Tribe and the final spot.

This evening the Indians will send Zach McAllister (4-1, 3.17 ERA) to the mound to try and right the Tribe’s ship and keep them in the division and wild card races. McAllister pitched six solid innings, allowing only one run on Monday when the Tribe defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2. McAllister took a line drive off the forearm from Jeff Keppinger and was able to stay in the game and give Cleveland a solid effort. He also pitched a solid five and two-third innings on June 28 against the Orioles, only allowing two runs in a 7-2 Tribe victory.

Baltimore will counter with Chris Tillman (1-1, 1.00 ERA) who had a tough luck game in his last outing. Tillman only pitched two thirds of an inning on July 16 at Minnesota when he allowed seven runs in the first inning, however only one was earned. The Orioles were eventually demolished on the day, 19-7. Tillman is making his third start since being recalled from Triple-A earlier this month. He did make two starts against the Indians in 2009, going 0-1. In his loss, he allowed six runs in only two innings.

The news of the day at Progressive Field is the announcement that Roberto Hernandez has been granted a visa to return to the United States. He is travelling to Cleveland this evening and is expected to address the media on Sunday after throwing for the major league coaching staff. He is immediately suspended by Major League Baseball for identity violations and will not be eligible for action until August 11. He is allowed to pitch in minor league games.

All the game action at Progressive Field will begin at 7:05 pm and can be heard on the Indians Radio Network and seen on SportsTime Ohio. Tonight continues this weekend’s Transportation Weekend, with free parking in the Gateway East garage and free transportation on RTA’s red, blue and green lines with valid game day tickets.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Michael Brantley, CF
5. Carlos Santana, C
6. Travis Hafner, DH
7. Johnny Damon, LF
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

Baltimore Orioles Starting Lineup
1. Nick Markakis, RF
2. J.J. Hardy, SS
3. Jim Thome, DH
4. Adam Jones, CF
5. Matt Wieters, C
6. Wilson Betemit, 3B
7. Chris Davis, LF
8. Mark Reynolds, 1B
9. Ryan Flaherty, 2B

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