After a nailbiter to start the day, the Indians cruised in the nightcap by a 10-0 win. Even better, it runs the Tribe’s winning streak to a season-high-tying nine games.
The Indians left no chance for the Tigers as they jumped on Buck Farmer (a dyslexic’s nightmare) early in the second inning thanks to Giovanny Urshela’s first of two RBI doubles. This was more than enough for Mike Clevinger (6 INN/3 H/6 SO/1 BB) as he carved up the Tiger lineup.
But the Tribe continued to pour it on offensively. The bottom third of the lineup continued its sizzling day as they combined to go 7-15. Roberto Perez is swinging it as if he’s the backstop who should get the bulk of the playing time. He might be swinging it better than he ever has.
The Indians seem to be ascending at the perfect time as we head towards the playoffs. And this is wonderfully bad news for the Astros, Red Sox and whoever makes it out of the slog that is the American League Wild Card chase.
Also with the win, the Tribe accomplished a rare feat. It was the first time since 1972 that the Indians swept two doubleheaders back-to-back. Matt Underwood would rattle off numerous other doubleheader sweep facts, but it’s been a long day and my eyes are crossed. Besides, he hardly pays attention to the games he calls, so I guess it’s fair that I let most of what he says so go in through one ear and out the other.
(I mean, the dude confused Kinsler with Ausmus in Game One. C’mon, man!)
Anyhoo, Kluber’s going tomorrow against the former really-good-pitcher-but-that-guy-is-loooooooooooooooooooong-gone Jordan Zimmermann. Gotta feel good about the Indians’ chances to clinch the series and run their win-streak to double digits.
It was a good day. I see no reason for them to let off of the gas now.
Oh yeah, Francisco Mejia debuted! He flew out to right field. Total bust. Brewers won the trade. Send him to Japan. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
(I’m sure some insane person somewhere actually thinks that way.)
W: Mike Clevinger (8-5); L: Buck Farmer (3-2)