The Tribe showed something tonight that every playoff team should have: the ability to come from behind to win games. It is certainly too early to determine if the Indians are indeed a playoff contender, however, they showed flashes of it during tonight’s game. After being blanked for five innings, Cleveland battled back to take down the Orioles. Solid hitting from Michael Brantley and Nick Swisher, coupled with strong pitching from Ubaldo Jimenez and the bullpen helped get the job done.
The Orioles jumped on top in the first inning off a Nick Markakis homerun to center field. When this happened, I, along with many others I’m sure, figured it would be a rough outing for Ubaldo. However, Ubaldo went on to yield only one more run in the fourth on a Matt Wieters homer to center. For all the grief he gets, Ubaldo has been solid enough for us to start giving him some credit. Compared to what we’ve seen in the past, we should all be pretty appreciative of what the inconsistent starter has been giving us. For the year, he is 6-4 to go along with a 4.58 ERA. It is certainly not great, but he has been solid enough to keep the team in games long enough to win.
On the offensive side, Michael Brantley had quite a night at the plate. Dr. Smooth continued to show how impressive he truly is at the plate, going 2-4 with 4 RBIs. You can put the guy anywhere in the order, and he will produce. He doesn’t get worn down under the pressure of batting cleanup, or fed up with batting seventh; either way, he will be effective. It was also nice to see Nick Swisher finally have a good day at the plate. Swish had an RBI in Cleveland’s big sixth inning while going 2-4. It was Nick’s first multi-hit game since May 29th.
-The Tribe called up lefty T.J. House to the big league squad and optioned Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A before tonight’s game. Carrasco could still pitch in Friday’s double header against Chicago.
-Asdrubal Cabrera could be activated from the disabled list here fairly soon, giving Mike Aviles a relief from his everyday duties. Aviles has struggled at the plate lately, as his average has been lowered to .253.