Indians Bounce Back Behind Gomes, House


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Big Night for the Yanimal Leads Tribe to 7-3 Victory

The Indians managed to bounce back from a tough defeat to move to within 3.5 games of an AL wild card spot.  A much-needed victory over the Twins has put the Cleveland Indians back in the race with just a handful of games left to play, while Kansas City suffered a tough loss to the Tigers and Seattle was rocked by the Houston Astros.

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Gomes’ home run in the top of the fifth inning was a three-run shot to the opposite field, giving the Tribe some breathing room in the game.  It was his 20th homer on the year, tying him with Michael Brantley for second place on the team.

The Positives

Yan Gomes was 3-for-4 in another spectacular performance, keeping him among the best catchers in baseball.  Michael Brantley and David Murphy had multi-hit nights as well.  T.J. House pitched okay, allowing two runs over five innings.  The bullpen was solid once again as well.

The Negatives

It’s hard to be impressed with C.C. Lee‘s performance in recent weeks.  Nick Hagadone has hit somewhat of a struggle bus lately as well.  Lonnie Chisenhall, Roberto Perez and Carlos Santana all went hitless.  Jason Giambi is running out of time to collect his last major-league hit.

Check It Out
-Today marks another full turn in the rotation in which an Indians starter gave up three runs or less.
-The Indians now have three players with at least 20 homers.
Terry Francona extended his AL record of calls to the bullpen to 546.