Box Score: Indians 5, Athletics 1

The Tribe offense was getting plenty of hits, but for the second straight night, they specialized in leaving guys on base. That is, until the eighth inning. The Indians broke this game open in the top of the eighth with a two-run triple by Jason Kipnis and a wild pitch which allowed him to score. Kipnis had four hits and drove in three runs. Four other Indians (Hafner, Donald, Choo, Hannahan) had two hits apiece, and Jeanmar Gomez was brilliant in 5 1/3 innings as the Tribe moved to 7-1 on the road trip with the 5-1 victory over Oakland. The Tribe goes for the sweep tomorrow afternoon and a 8-1 trip with Justin Masterson facing Tyson Ross.

Scoring Summary
Top 1st: Cleveland
– T. Hafner grounded out to pitcher, J. Kipnis scored, S. Choo to third, C. Santana to second
Top 6th: Cleveland
– J. Kipnis singled to shallow center, J. Donald scored
Bot 6th: Oakland
– Y. Cespedes hit sacrifice fly to deep center, C. Pennington scored
Top 8th: Cleveland
– J. Kipnis tripled to deep right center, J. Donald and M. Brantley scored
– J. Kipnis scored on wild pitch
M. Brantley cf511000003.212
J. Kipnis 2b524300002.226
S. Choo rf502000011.250
C. Santana c400001202.239
T. Hafner dh402101000.350
S. Duncan lf401000104.268
    A. Cunningham lf000001000.214
C. Kotchman 1b400001004.157
J. Hannahan 3b402000200.342
J. Donald ss422000012.241
2B – S Choo (4, B Fuentes); J Hannahan (3, B McCarthy).
3B – J Kipnis (2, B Fuentes).
RBI – J Kipnis 3 (11), T Hafner (7).
2-out RBI – J Kipnis 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Brantley 1, J Kipnis 1, C Santana 1, S Duncan 2, C Kotchman 2.
GIDP – C Kotchman.
Team LOB – 11.
 Base Running
SB – S Choo (3, 2nd base off B McCarthy/K Suzuki), J Donald (2, 2nd base off B McCarthy/K Suzuki).
CS – J Kipnis (1, 2nd base by B McCarthy/K Suzuki).
J. Weeks 2b401000022.209
C. Pennington ss411000001.207
J. Reddick rf401000001.283
Y. Cespedes cf200101111.255
S. Smith dh401000102.195
J. Gomes lf402000101.259
D. Barton 1b401000001.176
K. Suzuki c401000202.192
E. Sogard 3b300000102.148
    K. Ka’aihue ph100000002.333
2B – C Pennington (4, J Gomez); D Barton (2, J Asencio).
SF – Y Cespedes.
RBI – Y Cespedes (15).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Weeks 1, S Smith 2, K Ka’aihue 2.
Team LOB – 8.
 Base Running
SB – J Weeks 2 (3, 2nd base off J Gomez/C Santana, 3rd base off J Gomez/C Santana), Y Cespedes (3, 2nd base off J Gomez/C Santana).
DP – 1 (D Barton-C Pennington).
J. Gomez (W, 1-0)5.14111300.541.93
D. Wheeler0.21000001.605.40
T. Sipp1.00000102.1411.57
V. Pestano1.01000100.782.35
J. Asencio0.22000101.454.35
C. Perez (S, 6)0.10000001.433.86
B. McCarthy (L, 0-3)7.010223401.473.38
B. Fuentes1.04330101.355.40
P. Figueroa1.00001001.000.00
WP – B Fuentes.
IBB – T Hafner (by B McCarthy).
Pitches-strikes – J Gomez 88-53; D Wheeler 19-11; T Sipp 11-7; V Pestano 11-10; J Asencio 17-16; C Perez 3-1; B McCarthy 113-65; B Fuentes 23-14; P Figueroa 11-7.
Ground balls-fly balls – J Gomez 8-5; D Wheeler 0-2; T Sipp 1-1; V Pestano 1-2; J Asencio 2-1; C Perez 0-1; B McCarthy 9-9; B Fuentes 1-3; P Figueroa 2-0.
Batters faced – J Gomez 21; D Wheeler 3; T Sipp 3; V Pestano 4; J Asencio 4; C Perez 1; B McCarthy 33; B Fuentes 7; P Figueroa 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Alan Porter. 1B–Ron Kulpa. 2B–Jim Wolf. 3B–Derryl Cousins.
Weather: 75 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, out to right.

  • Hypno_Toad

    I get it. We have played three questionable teams, but I’ve been very impressed with the team lately. It’s not just that they’re winning, it’s HOW they’re winning. Playing small ball, clutch hitting, and most of all they’re patient. 

    Tribe time!!


    Gomez looked pretty good, but brilliant might be a little much. It’s probably attributable to the lack of work (especially since he got better as he went along), but the first two innings were a little sketchy.

    Saw someone post to twitter that Kipnis raised his season average something like .150 after his offensive outburst last night. This offense will only get better once AsCab gets back and Kipnis returns to last season form.

  • EyesAbove

    I dont know if we can hit enough to beat Detroit in the standings, but one of those Wild Cards could be in play if we stay healthy. Should be an entertaining summer. 

    And I know Hannahan’s .922 OPS probably isnt sustainable, but Im enjoying the hell out of it. Im a sucker for a good underdog story.