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

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Game #100: Cleveland (50-49) at Minnesota Twins (40-58)

By Mike Brandyberry

Last night, with their season on the brink, the Cleveland Indians hung four runs on Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning and used the offensive outburst to win, 5-3. Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner each hit solo home runs to jump start the offense and the inning. Zach McAllister pitched into the seventh inning and bullpen was able to lock down the victory. The come from behind victory could become a landmark win in the Tribe’s season.

With the win the Indians climb to three and one-half games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox. The Tribe win last night dropped the Tigers out of a first place tie. The Indians are also three and one-half games back of the final wild card spot, but with three teams in front of them. With just over two months remaining in the season, every game in the standings counts.

Tonight, the Indians start a nine game road trip in Minnesota with Josh Tomlin (5-7, 5.34 ERA) on the mound. Tomlin has been inconsistent all season long, struggling to keep teams in check early. Last Sunday Tomlin pitched six innings, allowing two runs—a two run homer from J.J. Hardy in the first inning—in a defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. He’s 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA in the month of July. If Tomlin can get off to a good start, he’ll have a chance for the Tribe offense to play from ahead.

Meanwhile the Twins will counter with left-hander, Scott Diamond (8-4, 3.16 ERA). Diamond allowed 10 hits in six innings of work and suffered a 7-3 loss against the Kansas City Royals last Sunday. He has a 6.75 ERA in his two starts since the All-Star break, however, he did defeat the Indians on June 3. Diamond allowed only three unearned runs in a 6-3 win over the Tribe. The Indians continue to struggle against southpaw starters, as they are only 10-20 when a lefty starts against them.

Indians General Manager, Chris Antonetti met with the media before Thursday’s game and discussed the trade market. He was clear that the Indians are exploring all avenues to improve the team, but if the Indians are to truly contend over the last two months, improvement is necessary from the players already on the roster. He estimated that he has discussed 50 players in the Indians’ organization over the last two weeks. It is believed the Indians are trying to add players who are signed past the 2012 season.

The trade deadline, scoreboard watching and game action will all begin tonight from Target Field at 8:10 pm. The game can be heard on WTAM-1100, WMMS-100.7 and the rest of the Indians Radio Network. SportsTime Ohio will provide the television broadcast.

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

Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, DH
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Brian Dozier, SS
9. Jamey Carroll, 2B

Photo: AP Photo/Mike Carlson