This Week in Indians Baseball: Week 12

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The Indians opened up the week in New York against the Yankees and were handed a sweep due to a lack of offensive production. The Tribe then headed to Baltimore to take on the Orioles and won three of four. Overall, the Indians went 3-4 in the past week.

  • Game 72: Yankees 7, Indians 1

W: Hiroki Kuroda, L: Josh Tomlin

The Yankees bombarded the Indians with home runs on Monday. Josh Tomlin struggled on the mound, allowing six runs through three innings on six hits and two walks. The struggling offense mustered up one run in the eighth inning on a sac fly by Jason Kipnis, scoring Lonnie Chisenhall who had singled to open up the inning and advanced to third on a Shin-Soo Choo double. (full recap here)

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    Game 73: Yankees 6, Indians 4

L: Phil Hughes, L: Justin Masterson

With some aid from a badly blown call, the Yankees took advantage of the Indians for the second straight night. In the seventh inning with Michael Brantley on third and Jack Hannahan at the plate, Yankee right fielder Dewayne Wise appeared to make a catch in foul territory, falling into the stands. Third base umpire Mike DiMuro did not ask to see the ball when Wise stood up. Replays confirmed that the ball had fallen from his glove when he fell. In the top of the ninth, the offense staged a comeback capped by a three-run homer from Jose Lopez, but ultimately fell short. (full recap here)

  • Game 74: Yankees 5, Indians 4

W: Freddy Garcia, L: Ubaldo Jimenez

The Indians were on the losing end of a back-and-forth game in the series finale against the Yankees. Shelley Duncan opened up the scoring with a double to drive in Carlos Santana in the top of the second. The Yankees came back in the fourth with two runs on an Eric Chavez double. The Indians got two runs of their own on a pair of singles from Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis, scoring Lou Marson and Michael Brantley, respectively. The Yankees added three runs in the sixth and eighth innings. The Indians loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, but only scored one run when Michael Brantley walked to bring home Lonnie Chisenhall. (full recap here)

  • Game 75: Indians 7, Orioles 2

W: Zach McAllister, L: Wei-Yin Chen

The Indians took out their frustrations on the Orioles on Thursday night. Johnny Damon unleashed a three-run homer in the second inning to give the Tribe the early advantage. Shin-Soo Choo added another run on a home run in the fifth. Asdrubal Cabrera sent a pitch over the right field wall in the seventh for a three-run homer of his own. Zach McAllister kept the Tribe in the game in his first outing since taking the recently demoted Jeanmar Gomez’ spot in the rotation. Over 5.2 innings, he limited the Orioles to two runs on seven hits and one walk, striking out six. (full recap here)

  • Game 76: Orioles 9, Indians 8

W: Matt Lindstrom, L: Joe Smith

The Indians put up a fight but fell short on Friday night. Cleveland opened up the game with a run in the first on Michael Brantley single, scoring Shin-Soo Choo. The Orioles came right back in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs off starter Derek Lowe. Asdrubal Cabrera homered in the third and the Indians added three more in the fourth to take the lead. But the Orioles continued to add runs and eventually reclaimed the lead. Shin-Soo Choo made a late push in the top of the ninth with a single scoring Shelley Duncan, but it wasn’t enough. (full recap here)

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    Game 77: Indians 11, Orioles 5

W: Josh Tomlin, L: Dana Eveland

The Indians broke out the bats on Saturday, routing the Orioles for 19 hits and 11 runs. Leading the Tribe at the plate was Shin-Soo Choo who went 4-for-5, with a walk, a home run and three RBIs, while scoring four runs. Jose Lopez had five hits in six at-bats, bringing home three RBI and Lou Marson went 4-for-5 with a walk, an RBI and three runs. The only players in the lineup without a hit were Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Aaron Cunningham. Josh Tomlin got the start, going six innings while allowing five runs on seen hits and three walks and striking out four. Esmil Rogers, Vinnie Pestano and Tony Sipp combined four three innings of scoreless relief without allowing a hit. (full recap here)

  • Game 78: Indians 6, Orioles 2

W: Justin Masterson, L: Brian Matusz

The bottom of the lineup provided fireworks on Sunday afternoon in the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles. Aaron Cunningham got things started with a home run in the second and Shelley Duncan added a home run of his own in the third. The Indians offense continued to add runs throughout the game. Justin Masterson had a dominant performance on the mound, going seven innings while only allowing one earned run on five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. (full recap here)

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