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Box Score: Indians 3, Rays 1

Solo homers and solid pitching were the order of the day for the Tribe. Choo, Brantley and Hafner all recorded solo bombs and Josh Tomlin pitched well. Chris Perez earned his 24th save.

Scoring Summary
Bot 1st: Cleveland
– S. Choo homered to deep right
Bot 2nd: Cleveland
– M. Brantley homered to deep right
Top 5th: Tampa Bay
– J. Molina grounded out to shortstop, W. Rhymes scored
Bot 8th: Cleveland
– T. Hafner homered to deep right
Tampa Bay
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
D. Jennings lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .231
C. Pena dh-1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .197
B. Zobrist rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .247
B.J. Upton cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .241
L. Scott 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194
    J.P. Howell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    J. Keppinger 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .317
W. Rhymes 3b-2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238
J. Molina c 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .195
E. Johnson ss 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .274
S. Rodriguez 2b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .219
    H. Matsui ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .175
    J. McGee p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 31 1 4 1 0 0 4 0 6
 Batting
3B – W Rhymes (1, J Tomlin).
RBI – J Molina (15).
Team LOB – 3.
 Fielding
E – E Johnson (9, field).
DP – 2 (J Molina-S Rodriguez, W Rhymes-E Johnson-C Pena).
 Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Choo rf 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 .295
A. Cabrera ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 .290
J. Kipnis 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .272
T. Hafner dh 4 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 .245
C. Santana c 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .219
M. Brantley cf 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 .282
C. Kotchman 1b 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .233
J. Damon lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .212
    A. Cunningham lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .190
J. Hannahan 3b 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .253
 Totals 28 3 7 3 3 5 4 0 13
 Batting
HR – S Choo (9, 1st inning off J Hellickson 0 on, 0 Out), T Hafner (7, 8th inning off J McGee 0 on, 1 Out), M Brantley (3, 2nd inning off J Hellickson 0 on, 1 Out).
RBI – S Choo (32), T Hafner (24), M Brantley (41).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – T Hafner 2, J Damon 2.
GIDP – M Brantley.
Team LOB – 6.
 Base Running
CS – S Choo (2, 2nd base by J Howell/J Molina), M Brantley (6, 2nd base by J Hellickson/J Molina).
 Fielding
Outfield assists – A Cunningham.
 Tampa Bay
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Hellickson (L, 4-5) 6.0 5 2 2 4 3 2 1.37 3.41
J.P. Howell 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.25 4.18
J. McGee 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0.90 1.86
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Tomlin (W, 5-5) 7.0 2 1 1 0 3 0 1.37 5.45
V. Pestano (H, 21) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.00 1.85
C. Perez (S, 24) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.02 2.59
WP – J Hellickson, J Tomlin.
Pitches-strikes – J Howell 14-7; J McGee 19-12; J Hellickson 107-55; J Tomlin 88-58; V Pestano 14-8; C Perez 11-6.
Ground balls-fly balls – J Howell 1-0; J McGee 1-2; J Hellickson 8-6; J Tomlin 9-10; V Pestano 0-1; C Perez 2-2.
Batters faced – J Howell 3; J McGee 4; J Hellickson 26; J Tomlin 24; V Pestano 3; C Perez 4.

  • mgbode

    unstoppable

  • Dee P

    This mini winning streak has been huge. Was counting on Rangers doing some damage to the Sox but that didn’t happen. We could have quickly been 5 games back…glad we’re playing well.

  • sizemore who

    While I agree about Chicago, I think we need to not worry as much about the standings at this point. There is a lot of divisional games left so we just need to keep playing well. It is a long season and I have to think that 90 wins with a winning division record should put us in it at the end.

  • Robbie

    Nice job by Tomlin. Two hits and no walks?!? Hope this version of Tomlin decides to show-up more often!

  • JoshKess

    What about Youkilis for the White Sox? My goodness.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I think somebody commented on this yesterday, but man this lineup just seems so much more dangerous with Travis Hafner in it. Maybe it’s the sheer size of Pronk that strikes fear into opposing pitchers and boosts his own team’s confidence. That’s gotta be it.

  • sizemore who

    3 solo HRs doesn’t have a whole lot to do with him other than his which barely got out. He still seems to be hobbling. I would either play him about 3 times per week or not expect him to last very ling.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Not just talking about yesterday, talking about all games this season with Hafner in the lineup. But if you do want to talk about yesterday, I thought a good example of how Hafner helps the lineup is the number of pitches he sees per at-bat. He wears the starter out.

  • JoshKess

    Barely got out…? Um… No…

  • sizemore who

    How’s hafner working out again? Bases juiced no outs. Piddly ground ball to second. We are much better with marson catching most games and rotating the DH.

  • mgbode

    Lou Marson having a career year hitting 125 OPS+ (career avg. 76)
    Hafner’s OPS+ just a hair above his last 3 seasons is 135.
    #SavePronk

  • sizemore who

    Doesn’t matter. His defense and handling of pitchers is why he should play. Offense is a bonus, and u have to play him while he is hitting. U sit hafner every 3 days bc of injury.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Ahh yes, that one bases-loaded situation proves your point. I relent and yield and relax my position.

  • sizemore who

    Oh, it was just once? Take a larger sample then and look at his season stats…or last 3 seasons. That a big enough sample?