House Rises to Occasion as Tribe Blanks Texas; Indians 2, Rangers 0
Vince Guerrieri | On 02, Aug 2014
A game where the Indians scored two runs and committed two errors is usually a recipe for disaster.
But two runs were all Cleveland needed, blanking Texas 2-0 before a crowd of 28,285 on Jim Thome Night. The slugger, who hasn’t played baseball since 2012, signed a one-day contract to officially announce his retirement as an Indian. A statue of him pointing his bat was unveiled Saturday in center field.
With Zach McAllister designated for assignment, the Indians recalled T.J. House from Columbus hours before he took the hill against the Rangers. House went into the sixth inning for the Indians, pitching shutout ball against the worst team in the major leagues.
Manager Terry Francona lifted House in the sixth after he walked Elvis Andrus and gave up a single to Alex Rios. Scott Atchison came on in relief and induced Adrian Beltre and J.P. Arencibia to ground out before getting Leonys Martin to watch strike three sail past.
Miles Mikolas, who got the start for the Rangers, also cruised into the sixth, but he gave up a leadoff single to Jason Kipnis, who moved to second on a sacrifice by Mike Aviles. Michael Brantley grounded out to shortstop, advancing Kipnis to third. Rangers manager Ron Washington elected to walk Carlos Santana, the reigning American League Player of the Week, and pitch to Lonnie Chisenhall.
Chisenhall hit a bloop single into no-man’s land in center field, scoring Kipnis, and Nick Swisher singled to right to score Santana. Atchison, by then the pitcher of record for the Indians, came on again in the seventh. He was lifted with two outs and Daniel Robertson on first after a single. Nick Hagadone relieved Atchison, and struck out the only batter he faced, Shin-Soo Choo.
Bryan Shaw pitched a one-two-three eighth, and Cody Allen came on to close in the ninth. Allen gave up a leadoff walk to Arencibia, and Martin singled to right to advance pinch-runner Adam Rosales to second. Pinch hitter Jim Adduci struck out swinging, and Rougned Odor hit a pop foul caught by Chisenhall. Allen got out of the jam – and got the save – by striking out Daniel Robertson to end the game.