Here’s to a great week!
Rangers 5, Indians 0
It was another hot day in Texas, but on Sunday the Tribe’s offense finally cooled down. Somehow Yovani Gallardo and the Rangers’ bullpen held Cleveland to just five hits and no runs, while two Texas home runs in the 8th inning sealed the win for the home team. With the loss, the Indians fell to 54-44 on the season.
The Indians’ ace thankfully feels better. From Jordan Bastian:
Kluber said he felt fine physically during Friday’s mound session, but there was surely some rust after his routine was disrupted by the knee problem. Prior to the All-Star break, Kluber allowed six runs in a 114-pitch effort against the Yankees on July 12 and received the injection one day later. The right-hander’s arm slot had been drifting down in recent starts as a result of some instability in the knee.
Over his past six turns for Cleveland, Kluber has gone 2-3 with a 5.03 ERA, allowing a .740 opponents’ OPS in 34 innings. In Kluber’s previous 14 starts, the righty went 10-4 with a 1.99 ERA and a .551 opponents’ OPS in 99 2/3 frames. While the knee issue was not deemed to be serious, it took a toll on Kluber’s mechanics and he will need to incorporate some minor maintenance work into his five-day routine.