The Indians went 3-4 this week, with the first game of the Twins series being postponed (to be made up in September). Tribe leftfielder, Michael Brantley, hit what appeared to be a three run home run in the fourth inning. Twins coaching staff disaggreed and Ron Gardenhire, came out to argue. After further review, the home run was reversed to a ground rule double, costing the Tribe the game in a 4-3 loss. The Tribe plays the Royals and Tigers in the upcoming week.
The red hot Tribe finished the week at 5-2, having swept the Orioles. Grady Sizemore went yard in his season debut for the Indians earlier today to complete the sweep of the Orioles. Sizemore was a happy man to be back on the field. “He’s always smiling,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He was so happy the whole day.” Sizemore’s return came almost 11 months since he injured his left knee and underwent micro fracture surgery. The Tribe have travel to play the Royals for a four game set, deciding who will remain on the top of the AL Central.
After losing 2 straight to start the season, the Indians are 7-2. They lost the series to the Chi Sox 2 games to 1, but after that the Tribe has swept the Bo Sox and Mariners. On Friday, Cleveland scored 10 in the fourth against the Mariners that led to a 12-3 victory. Carrasco pitched 6 strong allowing only one earned in his first victory in 2011. The Tribe then out pitched Seattle with a 2-1 victory where Justin Masterson pitched 6 and 1/3 allowing an earned run. Earlier today, the Tribe put up, 2 runs in the first and second inning and 1 run in the 3rd and 4th, putting them up to a comfortable 6 run lead. The Tribe ended up winning 6-4. You couldn’t ask for a better start to Cleveland’s season.
The Indians avoided the sweep today against the Chi Sox at home. On Friday, the Tribe lost in a 15-10 slugfest that was blown open in the 4th, with Indians pitching allowing eight runs. Yesterday, with only a small fraction of fans compared to Opening Day, the Tribe lost 8-3. In today’s game against the Chi Sox, Tribe pitching only allowed one run and also turning a triple play that started with a popped up bunt. Not the best start to a season that could be asked for, but the Tribe avoided the sweep with bats and strong pitching earlier today.
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