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Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin lasted eight innings on the mound and the Indians offense got to the early Cy Young candidate Chris Sale for six runs and chased him in the fourth as the Tribe earned a 6-2 win on Tuesday night.
Things might not have started well for Tomlin, but they ended well as his offense gave him plenty of support and he made the runs stand up against a potent White Sox lineup. On the second pitch of the home half of the first, Chicago’s Adam Eaton sent his fifth career leadoff homer over the wall to give the White Sox an early 1-0 lead.
With the way Sale has pitched this season, it seemed like an ominous moment for the Tribe, but Tomlin’s offense picked him up with a pair of three-spots, starting in the third.
A team in the Cleveland organization will be getting a new moniker, but it won’t be the Indians and their often-questioned name and secondary logo, Chief Wahoo.
On Tuesday, the Lynchburg Hillcats announced that the team is looking for a new name for the 2017 season.
On Monday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians made a dream come true for another pitching prospect in their farm system, as they recalled left-handed starter Ryan Merritt from Triple-A Columbus.
The move was made possible after Joba Chamberlain landed on the 15-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain.
With no voids to fill on the Indians starting staff currently, Merritt will get his chance to impact the big league club from the bullpen, something that he has done just five times in his minor league career. Four of those outings came in his rookie league appearance as a 19-year-old in his first action in the Indians organization after he was selected in the 16th round of the 2011 draft, and the other outing came in 2013 while with the Lake County Captains.
The Indians have one of the deepest pools of talent in the MLB when it comes to starting pitching. With a star studded rotation in Cleveland, even they have been hit with injuries this year that have affected how the minor league rotations have shaken out. This is why the team has to be happy to have such great talent in starting pitching at almost every level of their minors. One of the guys that the team is high on is lefty Shawn Morimando.
The left-hander was drafted by the Indians in the 19th round of the 2011 draft. Morimando was drafted straight out of high school prior to joining the Indians. He made his debut with the club in the Arizona Rookie League at the age of 18. While only appearing in three games in the rookie league, it was impressive enough that he was able to make it into those games and not let nerves get to him. He pitched a total of six innings and held an ERA of 3.00. He allowed two earned runs (three total) on two walks and five hits while striking out eight.
Cleveland’s Cody Anderson had easily his best start of the season, holding Chicago to just one run on five hits in seven innings of work and three more Indians homers pushed the club past the White Sox, 5-1, to split Monday’s doubleheader.
Anderson was everything the Indians could have asked for in the second game on Monday, as he contained the White Sox and kept them off base. All five hits came over the first three innings and after he allowed Chicago to tie the game at one in the third, he locked in and retired the final 13 batters he faced on the night in order.
Home runs were the big story of the day on Monday afternoon as Brett Lawrie’s three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth put the White Sox back on top for good and Chicago held off a late charge as the Cleveland Indians fell 7-6 in a close game one of a doubleheader.
Down four runs heading into the eighth, the Indians plated three in the inning and got a leadoff walk from Rajai Davis to start the ninth inning against Chicago closer David Robertson. He stole second as Marlon Byrd went down swinging and had to stay put when Michael Martinez swung at one in the dirt for the second out. Carlos Santana bounced a grounder to second to end it, giving Robertson his 12th save of the season and pushing Chicago’s lead in the American League Central to three and a half games over Cleveland.
The launching pad began operations in the bottom of the first inning as the two teams would combine to hit five home runs on the afternoon.
Before freaking out too much about the series loss over the weekend to the Boston Red Sox, it is important to remember that the Cleveland Indians’ most recent opponent is playing some of the best baseball in the Major Leagues right now.
Still, the Indians (22-19) cooled off some after ripping through the Cincinnati Reds last week to start what would be a five-game winning streak that carried into the first game of their series with the Red Sox on Friday. The bats were quieted some in a 9-1 lopsided mess on Saturday and a more respectable, but still disappointing, 5-2 loss on Sunday afternoon from Beantown.
They will visit U.S. Cellular Field this week as they play four games in three days against the AL Central leading Chicago White Sox.
A 6-4 loss to the South Bend Cubs on Sunday afternoon sent the Lake County Captains to a fourth straight defeat, a season high. It also dropped them to two games in back in the Midwest League Eastern Division in a rare stretch of the season that has not involved the Captains being in first place. Prior to falling out of first place with a loss on Saturday, Lake County had spent 40 straight days tied for or in sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Division.
Lake County will look to avoid the four-game sweep on their home field at Classic Park on Monday. They will then hit the road for a brief three-game trip to Dayton to face the Dragons before returning home on Friday for a seven-game homestand with Fort Wayne and Bowling Green.
In other Captains news and notes:
Charlie Jamieson, Luke Sewell, and Carl Lind complete a triple play for the Indians with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth at Comiskey Park, but it only delays the inevitable in a 4-3 loss in ten innings to the Chicago White Sox.