The Cleveland Indians took to Dodger Stadium hoping to avenge their history-making back-to-back nights of amassing just one hit—and did they ever. While starting pitcher Justin Masterson was yanked after three-plus (wildly lucky) innings and the Dodgers had runners on base throughout the night, the Tribe bats logged 13 hits on the night, finishing with a score of 10-3.
Here are some of the highlights:
• The Wahoo Workhorses got things going early in the top of the first as a Michael Brantley RBI double paved the way for a Lonnie Chisenhall two-run, fence-scraping home run, his ninth of the season.
• After Masterson allowed two runs in the bottom of the frame on an Adrian Gonzalez home run, an error at first base led to the bases being loaded, only to have the 6-foot-6-inch righty pitch his way out of the jam. He loaded the bases once again in the second inning (including a Josh Beckeet double!), only to fan Yasil Puig and Matt Kemp while getting the left-handed Andre Ethier to ground out to first. It would be that kind of night.
• In the fourth, the Indians benefitted from the ever-rare 7-2-4 triple play with the assist from the review booth. In the fourth, with men on the corners and no outs, Adrian Gonzalez sent a sharp liner to left field, which Brantley caught on the run. He fired a one-hopper to home plate to get the incredibly quick Dee Gordon, only to have Gomes make the heads up play at second to try to catch the stealing (and always risk-taking) Puig. Puig was called safe, but that call was overturned on a Terry Francona challenge. The Dodgers then challenged the out call at home, which was upheld by the umpires. Check the whole sequence out below.
• In the fifth, the bases were loaded once again, only to be relieved by the bullpen. Vinnie Pestano was harnessing 2012 in fanning two batters while Mark Rzepczynski would do the same to end the inning. The Dodgers, at that point, were 0-for-6 with the bases loaded. This, my friends, is what they would call defeating the odds.
• Other highlights include Nick Swisher hit a two-run double in the third, and Yan Gomes and David Murphy each had RBI doubles in the sixth. Gomes, Murphy and Carlos Santana had RBIs in a three-run 7th. Swisher and Murphy, each of whom have been struggling, went a combined 5-for-8 in the game with 4 RBI.
• Even given extra rest due to his wonky knee, Masterson was a bit of a mess. Yes, he struck out seven batters. His off-speed pitches were incredible at certain points, getting big-named bats to swing and miss. Conversely, Masterson allowed seven hits and walked three in just three-plus. Kyle Crockett was given the win in this one, but only because you can’t crown an entire bullpen which combined to hold the well-paid Dodgers lineup without a run through the final six innings. Corey Kluber and TJ House pitched very well on consecutive nights and managed to go 0-2. Thems the breaks.
• The Tribe will look to take the rubber match today. Trevor Bauer takes the hill against the 9-4 Hyun-Jin Ryu.
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