Indians 6, Cubs 0
Indians improve to 30-33
One Cleveland team made it look easy tonight. Carlos Santana crushed a three-run bomb in the third inning, and the Indians never looked back from there. Trevor Bauer dominated over seven innings, and the 93 or so men we left on base didn't even matter tonight.
It was one of those rare nights where despite everything not quite firing on all cylinders, the game was never really in doubt. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta had himself a really strange game tonight. He struck out six, and only gave up three hits. But he also walked six, and only lasted five innings due to going well over 100 pitches. Fortunately, one of those hits for the Indians came after Arrieta had walked two meant, and went about 400 feet. The rest of the game was fairly quiet from there, with a few scattered fun moments.
Bauer officially registered his official legit LOL toward the National League, collecting his first major league hit, a solid single up the middle into center. Francisco Lindor also noched a couple of firsts. He picked up his first major league RBI in the 5th, driving in Jason Kipnis with a single. Later in the same inning, he recorded his first stolen base. Just for good measure, he came around to score in the 9th on a Carlos Santana double that got lost in the ivy in left field and somehow wasn't a triple.
On the downside of things, the Indians did manage to load the bases twice without scoring, so there continue to be doubts about this team's "clutch" hitting. But when you get pitching like this, it's hard to focus on that negative. The Cubs managed just four hits total, all off of Bauer. Bauer went seven strong innings, looking sharp while striking out seven and walking "only" three. Zach Mcllister and Scrabble each pitched a strong inning of relief with one strikeout apiece. And hey, just for good measure, Cubs catcher Miguel Montero managed to get himself ejected for arguing balls and strikes after the end of an inning.
That was all she wrote. So with one game washed out, and one game in the win column, the Tribe now comes home to host the Cubs and Joe Maddon's stupid hipster glasses for a two game series at Progressive Field. LGT!
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