After working overtime last night, the skies decided that six and-a-half innings was plenty.

Even better, the Indians parlayed some Dis-Astros sloppiness into another win. With their 84th win, the Indians to find themselves in position for the post-season, holding a slim half-game lead over Texas with eight games remaining.

For the second straight night, the Astros made the Tribe fight tooth and nail for the win, which is a testament to Houston manager Bo Porter and his staff in keeping a young Houston team from laying down. Unfortunately, two errors on the same sequence proved to be their undoing, and the Indians were more than willing to take advantage.

With the game tied in the fourth inning, Michael Brantley chopped a ground ball to Houston first-baseman, Chris Carter. Carter tried to start a double play, but the throw sailed over shortstop Johnathan Villar’s head, which allowed Ryan Raburn to score the game winner.

Zach McAllister (5 INN/4 H/1 ER/3 SO/2 BB) picked up the win but seemed to run out of gas once he reached the sixth inning. Not wanting to tempt fate, Tito went to the Mafia. Marc Rzepczynski came in and got an immediate assist from Yan–wait…SANTANA???

Er, yes, Santana threw Jose Altuve out. Scrabble would then strike out Ohio’s own, Marc Krauss. Bryan Shaw would carry it the rest of the way, earning a save on an inning and a third of perfect ball, including three punch-outs.

Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer went the distance (6 INN/4 H/2 UER/2 SO/3 BB), and he deserved far better. The young lefty turned in a near repeat performance of Thursday’s starter Dallas Kuechel. He was very impressive.

The lone Astros tally came from Brandon Laird with a second-inning homer.

W: McAllister (9-9); L: Oberholtzer (4-4); S: Shaw (1)


  • stelvio says:

    This is fall baseball at its best. This team may not be the 27 Yankees, but they will not quit. We lost a World Series to a similar team in 97 (Atlanta) when a has been 3rd baseman picked his team up on his shoulders and refused to lose. It could happen here. We have great starting and bullpen pitching. My only concern – Will Chris Perez be a repeat of Jose Mesa? Enjoy the Show feather heads!!! This is fun!!

  • Seattle Stu says:

    i do stress on perez…but am very happy to be where we are….especially considering we have masterson on ice, and very few legitimately good major leaguers in our starting lineup….seriously, who do people believe is above average and would start for most teams in the league?

    • bill says:

      Bourn, Swisher, Kipnis, Santana, Brantley and probably Cabrera would all start in most major league lineups

  • SeattleStu says:

    Bill are u serious? Has cp been sharing his stash with you? How many of those guys are hitting 275 or more?

  • Gvl Steve says:

    .240 is the new .275. Welcome to the post-steroid era. Why do think all the pitchers have 3.50 ERAs?

  • bill says:

    Bourn is batting .259 league average for center fielders is .262 he has 6 homers league average is 7.1 he has 46rbis with a league average of 30.1. he also has above average speed and defense

    Swisher is hitting .250 league average for 1B is .259 he has 20 HRs league average is 12.4 his 58 rbi’s are better than the league average of 43.7. he can play multiple positions without being a liability in the field

    Kipnis is well above league average for 2nd baseman in all the categories i listed as well as steals, no need to even type it out

    Santana is also above average for catchers in those three categories with 18 hr’s 67 rbi’s and a batting avg of .265

    Brantley may not be the biggest outfield bat but he is above the league average in all three categories i listed for left fielders. not to mention a great fielder who is 4th in the league in outfield assists

    These guys arent superstars but above average players who would start for most teams, which is what you were asking correct?