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Cleveland better but not good enough to avoid the Yankee brooms
Posted By Luke Lovekin On Jun 28 2012 @ 7:58 am In Cleveland Indians | 1 Comment
Game 3 started off much better for Cleveland today, as they took an early one run lead. In what was a good pitching performance by both starters Andy Pettitte and Ubaldo Jimenez with 13 strikeouts between them. Cleveland also batted much better today with a few changes to the line-up but I think there should be more to come yet.
Cleveland opened the scoring today in the top of the second inning when Carlos Santana reached base off of a throwing error by A-Rod. Next at bat Shelley Duncan drove one the other way to left centre to score Santana and give the tribe a one run lead. The lead would hold until the bottom of the fourth inning when Yankee Eric Chavez would drive in Cano and Ibanez with a double to left.
The Tribe would fight back in the fifth inning with a leadoff hit by Kotchman, which was drilled up the middle into Andy Pettitte’s left leg. Pettitte would throw one more pitch before he would be dragged visibly limping back to the mound after the pitch. Cody Epply would replace him and give up a base hit to Marson. Clay Rapada would replace Epply only to give up an RBI hit to Cabrera who continues to be one of the Tribe best hitters with runners in scoring position (RISP) as of late. Kipnis would bloop one to shallow center field to score Marson and give Cleveland back the lead. The Yankee’s would bring out the hook and send in Freddy Garcia who struck out Lopez to end the inning.
The lead would hold until the sixth inning when A-Rod led off with a double to right field. Robbie Cano then hit a splitter that was low and off the plate to deep left field for a 2 run homer and to take back the lead. The pitch was in good location and appeared to enough movement but Cano was right on it, all Cleveland could do was tip their cap to that one. Jimenez finished the rest of the scorefree inning before handing over to the pen. He finished the day with 6 strikeouts; 4 walks; 4 hits; and 4 runs from 6 innings.
Joe Smith pitched the seventh inning with out incident and managed to strike out 2 in the process. Vinnie Pestano pitched the eighth inning giving up 3 hits and 1 run to give the Yankees at 2 run lead. Rafael Soriano came in to close the ninth inning and immediately gave up a hit to Lonnie Chisenhall who was pinch hitting for Carlos Santana, who had been 0 from 3 at the plate as his bad form at the plate continued. Sin-Sue Choo was next up and spotted a walk for his first at bat after subbing in for Duncan. Kotchman flew out to left field for the first out of the inning. Lou Marson continued his good form in the box today and got a rip out to left field to load the bags but not deep enough to score the run. Johnny Damon pinch hit for Cunningham and was struck out swinging. Michael Brantley was walked to score a run and cut the deficit to 1. That is where the comeback ended Cabrera flew out to left field.
Cleveland made a few good changes today. Sitting Choo down for the start of game may not have been the best move although Duncan did come through in his first at bat, but after that he went back to trying to pull the ball. Lopez got a chance today after his 3 run bomb yesterday but went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and should probably expect to be back on the pine tomorrow. Chisenhall who I felt should have been in the line-up today went 1 from 1 in the ninth inning. Santana struggled at the plate again and was sat down. I wonder if Santana is still having some issues post his concussion maybe he came back too soon.
Cleveland’s loss today extended their losing streak to 5 games there longest of the season and also put them 2.5 games behind Chicago. Chicago comes up against the Yankees in a four game set in New York and Cleveland take on Baltimore in Baltimore. Things don’t look good for the Tribe to catch the Sox any time soon.
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