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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
 Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
M. Brantley cf 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .212
J. Kipnis 2b 5 2 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 .226
S. Choo rf 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250
C. Santana c 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 .239
T. Hafner dh 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 .350
S. Duncan lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 .268
    A. Cunningham lf 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .214
C. Kotchman 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 .157
J. Hannahan 3b 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .342
J. Donald ss 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .241
 Totals 39 5 14 4 0 4 5 2 18
 Batting
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).
 Oakland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
J. Weeks 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 .209
C. Pennington ss 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .207
J. Reddick rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
Y. Cespedes cf 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 .255
S. Smith dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .195
J. Gomes lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .259
D. Barton 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .176
K. Suzuki c 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .192
E. Sogard 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .148
    K. Ka’aihue ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .333
 Totals 34 1 8 1 0 1 6 3 15
 Batting
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).
 Fielding
DP – 1 (D Barton-C Pennington).
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Gomez (W, 1-0) 5.1 4 1 1 1 3 0 0.54 1.93
D. Wheeler 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.60 5.40
T. Sipp 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.14 11.57
V. Pestano 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.78 2.35
J. Asencio 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.45 4.35
C. Perez (S, 6) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.43 3.86
 Oakland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
B. McCarthy (L, 0-3) 7.0 10 2 2 3 4 0 1.47 3.38
B. Fuentes 1.0 4 3 3 0 1 0 1.35 5.40
P. Figueroa 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.00 0.00
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!!

  • REEPJP

    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.