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Logan Allen dodges trouble as Cleveland prevails, 5-2

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Meanwhile, Franmil Reyes is Very Hot

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Logan Allen gave everyone a heart attack when he allowed one run and nearly stalled out with the bases loaded and two outs. How did Allen enter this jam?

In order: a HBP, a fly-out, a walk, a strikeout, an RBI single, and another walk.

This time, Allen slipped away. He struck out Jonathan Schoop to end the threat, and the Tigers never threatened again.

That’s twice this year that Logan Allen gave us a little spook before locking in to dispatch hitters in an orderly fashion. If Cleveland keeps winning I guess it’s okay if he makes it a habit. I’ll take early-inning drama in April over losing Game 7 in extras on my birthday every time.

Anyway,

Cleveland Swept the Detroit Tigers by a final score of 5-2 today

There’s the lede I’ve been burying. I just wanted to get Allen’s shenanigans out of the way, first. Today’s result extends Cleveland’s current streak to four wins. There are many ebbs and flows throughout the course of a season, but we can all agree that sweeping an opponent is always an excellent result.

The key is the production of the offense, and get used to hearing that, guys. I’m a little baffled if you aren’t already. The good news is that when it’s functioning properly — six runs per game during the current winning streak — pitching and defense are more than up to the task.

Much, much more, actually. Cleveland hasn’t given up more than three runs in a game yet.

I want to highlight the bottom of the second Inning from this afternoon’s game, because I think there will be much more of this type of baseball to come. Eddie Rosario led off with a double to left field.

Then, he stole third. Why not? This is an offense that needs a little extra giddyup sometimes and a stolen base can be just the thing to fire up the bench. Who doesn’t stupidly feel inspired by unnecessary risk when it pays off? Franmil Reyes channeled this energy but stored it for later, taking a free pass instead.

This put runners at the corner for Josh Naylor. He struck out. This left runners at the corners for Amed Rosario. He walked. This loaded the bases for Jake Bauers. He grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Rosario from third. Runners remained at the corners until Austin Hedges fouled out.

It’s not pretty, but Cleveland loaded the bases and got something out of it. Baseball is beautiful in part because it rewards grit. In this instance the team showed it by spitting on sinkers and sliders until the offense banked enough inertia to finally force somebody home.

Later, Cesar Hernandez gave the team the lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the third. After that, it was quiet for some time. The teams traded barbs when Franmil Reyes doubled and later scored on a double-play (see what I mean?) and Wilson Ramos homered to center. Scoreboard: CLE 3 - 2 DET after seven.

Cleveland plunged the dagger in the eighth with a little extra help from Nomar Mazara. He committed two throwing errors on consecutive plays, turning what would have otherwise been singles into RBI opportunities. Two runs scored as a result and Cleveland cruised into the ninth with a 5-2 lead. Shoutout to Reyes, especially — he finished 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 SO. Add that to a seven-day stretch in which he posted 7-20, 4 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 6 SO.

It is good to see that particular configuration of letters and numbers, is it not?

I didn’t mention the bullpen yet, but I think they deserve a little bit of extra treatment today. Remember how Logan Allen only pitched five innings? Here’s who took it the rest of the way.

Corner Pieces

  • Bryan Shaw
  • Nick Wittgren
  • James Karinchak
  • Emmanuel Clase

Four innings of relief, two hits, six strikeouts, one earned run. Excellent work, gentlemen.

Wait, what?

Remember how Nomar Mazara made two critical throwing errors? He also grounded into a double play to end the game.

What’s next

Cleveland battles the White Sox in Chicago tomorrow night at 8:10 p.m. ET.