How about that? The Indians have won 8 out 11, something no Tribe fan would have believed after that Baltimore series. A big reason why we keep winning is our suddenly dominant staff. Following Bauer’s great outing on Wednesday, Cody Anderson followed him up with another impressive showing Thursday night against the Astros. He went 6 2/3 innings before a surprising hook from Francona. Why Anderson was pulled with only 79 pitches and in a groove is beyond me. I’m not going to complain though, because our bullpen shut it down.
The Indians have again shown in this series that they actually can hit with runners in scoring position, contrary to what they showed earlier in the season. Anderson gave up a run early, and the Indians offense looked dead. Lindor sent a jolt through the Indians’ bats with a long ball to left. It is great to see him up with the big-league club, not only improving our defense but bringing some much-needed energy to this team. Brantley and Raburn followed that up with back-to-back doubles to give the Indians the lead, and then Santana finally went the opposite way and laced a three-bagger to left.
It looks as though the audition for the fifth starter spot is over: It’s Cody Anderson’s job. After him tonight, Rzepczynski and Shaw did their job to set up Allen in the ninth. Things got a little shaky, but he got the job done, saving his 18th out of 19 save opportunities. Hopefully the Indians can build off this three-game streak in the upcoming weekend series against the last place A’s. Danny Salazar will square off against Kendall Graveman tomorrow in the series opener.