Indians Hand Tigers Second Straight Loss
For the second day in a row and the 13th consecutive game at Progressive Field, the Indians handed the Tigers a loss. In what is a critical series for both teams, the win by the Indians have cut the Tigers lead to two games in the Central. At times during this season, the Tribe offense has been agonizingly absent but such was not the case last night as Tribe bats exploded for 18 hits including seven doubles and a Jason Kipnis two run homer in the sixth. After a 14 inning game with Detroit the night before, the Indians bullpen needed a break and, in his Progressive Field debut and just his second game in an Indians uniform, Ubaldo Jiminez gave them just that. In eight innings of work, Jiminez allowed three runs on six hits, striking out six and issuing just one walk. Frank Hermann came in to finish up the game in the ninth holding the Tigers scoreless. The big story of the night was rookie Jason Kipnis going 5-for-5, scoring four runs with 3 RBI and ending just a triple shy of the cycle in his 16th major league game.
Final Score: Cleveland 10 – Detroit 3
The Indians and Detroit finish up the three game series tonight when the Tigers send Justin Verlander (16-5, 2.30) to the hill against the Indians Fausto Carmona (5-11, 5.19). A win by the Indians tonight will give them their first sweep since sweeping the Pirates in a three game series June 19th and put the Indians one game behind Detroit in the Central.
Brewers Take a Five Game Lead in the NL Central
On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Brewers sent Randy Wolf to the mound and he walked away with the Brewers sixth win in a row, handing the second place St. Louis Cardinals a 5-1 loss and taking a five game lead in the NL Central.
After allowing one run in the first inning, Wolf settled in and held the Cardinals scoreless the rest of the way. In eight innings of work, Wolf allowed one run on five hits with one strike out in his second win over the Cardinals in as many starts this season. The Brewers got things rolling in the first inning, loading the bases and scoring a run on a Prince Fielder sacrifice fly. Fielder plated another run in the third on a double to score Ryan Braun.
Cardinals starter, Jake Westbrook turned in a strong performance but, with a quiet offense, it was not enough to walk away with the win. Against Milwaukee this season, the Cardinals’ bats have only managed to hit .229. Westbrook allowed three runs on six hits striking out five but issuing four walks.
Final Score: Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 1
The Brewers will go for the sweep tonight sending Yovani Gallardo (13-7, 3.56) to the mound to face the Cardinals Chris Carpenter (7-8, 3.75). A win for the Brewers tonight will give Milwaukee a comfortable six game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central. With 45 games left for both teams and the Brewers on a tear, St. Louis will have a lot of ground to make up in order to retake the lead.
In other Pennant Race Contests:
The shocking Arizona Diamondbacks have taken over first place from last year’s World Series champions, San Francisco Giants beating the Houston Astros 6-3. Meanwhile, the Giants lost to Pittsburgh 9-2 putting them a half game behind the Diamondbacks.
National League East leaders, Philadelphia have won three in a row after a 9-8 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night maintaining their 8.5 game lead over the Atlanta Braves who also won, beating the Florida Marlins 6-2.
In the AL East, the Boston Red Sox dropped a contest to the Minnesota Twins 2-5 and the New York Yankees beat the Angels 9-3. Boston holds a 1.5 game lead over the Yankees.
In the AL West, the Rangers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Seattle Mariners but maintained their 1.5 game lead in the West as the Angels were beaten by the Yankees, 9-3.