Positive trends continued to hold true as Francisco Lindor and Josh Tomlin continued their strong second-half performances to help the Tribe earn a 6-4 win Wednesday night and take two of three in Chicago. Lindor would go 3 for 4 at the dish with a single, triple, homerun, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored. The youngster continues to impress and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Josh Tomlin was solid as well: 5.2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K, and another big “W” for the Tribe to push his record to 5-1…impressive considering his first start didn’t come until August 15th! After losing that first start to Minnesota in a well-pitched game, Tomlin has run off an impressive five consecutive victories in his past five starts. Though the righthander would yield three solo homeruns to the White Sox, he minimized damage by continuing to keep runners off base and continuing to avoid walks altogether.
Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez both enjoyed 2-hit games to boost the Tribe offense, which was also aided by a solo homerun from Jose Ramirez, his second consecutive game with a tater in the Southside.
After Texas was 1-hit in a 6-0 lose to Seattle Wednesday night, the Tribe will now come back to Progressive Field for an 11-game home stand just five games behind the Rangers for the second and final AL Wild Card playoff spot. All 11 games on the forthcoming home stand come against familiar AL Central opponents: Detroit (4), Kansas City (4), and Chicago (3). Even with their improved second-half play, the Tribe is still only 22-33 against the AL Central in 2015. NOW is their chance to turn that around, as a whopping 21 of the final 24 games are against divisional opponents.
TRIBE TIDBITS FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S 6-4 TRIBE VICTORY
*Don’t Walk Over Here: Josh Tomlin has allowed just 3 walks in 41 IP in 2015. He’s also allowed 10 homeruns, but still maintains an impressive 2.85 ERA and 0.73 WHIP.
*Limiting the Damage: Of the 10 homeruns Tomlin has coughed up, 9 have been solo shots, helping to minimize the damage and maintain the sharp ERA.
*Tribe Savior: Four of Tomlin’s five wins have come directly after an Indians loss.
*Young Tribe Core: Francisco Lindor ranks second in the American League, batting .347 since the All-Star Break…his teammate Michael Brantley ranks first with a .368 average since the Midsummer Classic.
*Jeff Samardzija has now lost 6 consecutive starts at US Cellar Field, during which he has an ERA just south of 9.00 and has yielded a whopping 12 homeruns. So much for home field advantage!
The Detroit Tigers invade Progressive Field Thursday night to kick off the 11-game home stand, as Danny Salazar (12-4) looks for revenge against Alfredo Simon (12-9) in an identical pitching matchup and rematch of last Saturday night’s ballgame in Detroit.