Here's to another great week!
Indians 9, Angels 2
Abraham Almonte's first career grand slam in the fifth inning gave the Tribe a 6-0 lead and that was more than enough run support for Josh Tomlin. Tomlin went seven innings, giving up just two runs and earning the win. The Indians have now won five in a row and are 63-66 on the year.
Shapiro has been with the Indians for almost 25 years, working his way up the ladder within the organization. He's heading to Toronto and is expected to replace Paul Beeston as president of the Blue Jays. While some Tribe fans have cheered his departure, I'm convinced that Shapiro's leadership has been mostly a plus for the club, especially when considering the challenging financial limitations he was handcuffed with.
The Indians are just five games back in the race for the second wild card spot. From Fagerstrom:
The Indians are playing like a team with a purpose. Although they still have four clubs to leapfrog in order to secure the second Wild Card position in the American League, they're just five games back of the red-hot Rangers with 33 left to play. It might be too early to start peeking at the standings, but it also isn't too late.
Tomlin owns a 3.08 ERA through his four starts in Cleveland this year. Here's Tomlin describing his efforts to work his way back from injuries:
"It's tough any time you're away form the guys and the competition. It's tough, but it's something that you deal with over the course of a career and I've unfortunately dealt with it two of the last three years. It was pretty rough in that close of a span to deal with it, but hopefully that's in the past now and I can continue to go out there and try to compete."
Around the League
The Cubs true ace, Arrieta, dazzled in front of a primetime crowd Sunday night, throwing a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arrieta struck out 12 while walking just one. In his 330 2/3 innings in Chicago, Arrieta has posted a 2.37 ERA.
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