Brantley’s Blast Turning the Tide for Tribe

 

By Eric Szczepinski

“A swing and drive!”  As Tom Hamilton called it Monday night as Michael Brantley launched a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th to give the Indians a 5-4 victory over the rival Detroit Tigers. Following getting swept and being outscored 30-6 against Oakland over the past weekend this is exactly what the team needed. Every aspect of the game has been in a funk and needed something to get them out.  Hopefully Brantley provided a huge shift in momentum and has woke this team up. A team that looks like they never left Arizona from Spring Training the Indians has committed the most errors in the Major Leagues this season. The starting pitching of Justin Masterson and Danny Salazar has been very suspect so far but a promising start by Trevor Bauer was a sign of a young ace in the making. Brantley revitalized this team who came out and rocked Justin Verlander last night for 5 runs in the first two innings Tuesday night. The Indians won by a score of 6-2.     The play from last night that stuck out to me was when Carlos Santana roped a ball down the 1st base line that Cabrera knocked down, the ball scooted in shallow right field and Santana went for extra bases. Santana was throw out, but it’s these hustle plays that show me the Indians won’t be giving in anytime soon no matter how frustrated the fans get.  The team has now won two in a row against a red hot Detroit team and has provided life and promising signs of turning this season around.  The Indians currently sit at 21-15, 8.5 GB of Detroit in the Central Division and remain 3 GB of a Wildcard spot. Obviously, we are in May and still over 4 months of baseball to go, but the last two nights the Tribe has provided fight and showed their relentlessness in a huge series early in the year.  Santana and Swisher have proven there better hitters than hitting below or at the .200 mark. Now that the weather is starting to heat up, the bats should do. It was very promising to see big hits last night not from not one guy but the whole team. Once the Tribe can get consistent pitching and defense the hitting will become a lot easier for them. .  The Indians go for the sweep of Detroit at 12pm today. Pitching Matchup: Scherzer vs. McAllister

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