27 wins in 28 games
14th straight road win
11th straight win over the Angels
Stats are fun when they look like that. Really fun.
The Indians kept their amazing run of baseball going with a 4-1 victory Thursday afternoon over the Los Angeles Angles. While it wasn’t the best the Tribe has looked over the last month, it was plenty good enough to finish off a sweep of the Angels and keep pushing for the best record in baseball.
Danny Salazar started for the Tribe and was on a pitch count due to his recent work in the bullpen. The flamethrower threw 54 pitches over 2 2⁄3 innings, allowing one run on two hits. Salazar looked healthy and threw hard (like normal), striking out four and walking two. While it wasn’t a spectacular performance, it seems a small step in the right direction for a guy the Indians would love to have pitching well in the postseason.
The bullpen stepped right in after Salazar’s exit and put up a whole bunch of goose eggs. Zach McAllister, Dan Otero, Andrew Miller, Nick Goody, and Tyler Olson all threw scoreless innings for the Tribe out of the ‘pen. They all made it look relatively easy, except for Miller, who had to strike out the last two batters of the seventh to escape a bases-loaded jam. McAllister earned the win, his second of the year.
Offensively, the Indians only had six hits, but got towering home runs from Edwin Encarnacion and Francisco Lindor (who else) to get the job done. Encarnacion blasted a 79 mph hanging curveball to left field in the second for his 37th homer of the year, while Lindor crushed a 91 mph fastball 418 feet to dead center in the fifth for his 32nd homer.
With the win, the Tribe improves to 96-57 on the year (amazing!). Next up is a trip to the Pacific Northwest to face the Mariners, a perfect place to keep this winning thing going.