Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians Take Series From Texas

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Coming off a 6 game home winning streak, the Cleveland Indians had the chance to prove that they were for real. The Indians (30-30) traveled to Texas (30-30) only 3.5 GB of Detroit in the American League Central division. When back on May 18th, the Tribe sat in last place, 10.5 GB of Detroit. In the first game of the four game set, rookie Trevor Bauer took the mound in opposition of one of the best pitchers in the league, Yu Darvish.

The Tribe fell in a hole early when the Rangers put up a four spot in the 2nd inning. As a direct example of turning of the tide for the Tribe came in the top of the 3rd inning. This time, the Indians were the ones providing the response runs. The Tribe scored 3 runs in 3rd off of a Lonnie Chisenhall 3 run bomb and then added one more in the 4th to tie the game at 4. (Asdrubal Cabrera Home Run) The game stayed knotted at 4 until the bottom of the 7th inning. Marc Rzepcynski threw a hanging fastball to Michael Choice, who sent the ball to deep right field, giving the Rangers the advantage in the game. The Rangers went on to steal the first game from the Tribe with a score of 6-4.

In the second game of the series, Josh Tomlin and the Tribe took the field against the Rangers on national television. The Indians didn’t disappoint. The Tribe offense took command in the 6th and 7th innings, scoring 7 runs between the two innings. The Indians took the game 8-3 alongside a promising pitching performance from Tribe starter Josh Tomlin. Tomlin went 8 innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 runs, and striking out 5. This win put the Indians back at .500 (31-31).The key to the Indians winning streak, and the second game of this series, more specifically has been the consistency of pitching. Tomlin was no exception.

The trend of solid, consistent pitching continued on Sunday with Justin Masterson on the hill. Masterson went 5.2 innings while only allowing 2 runs off of 5 hits. The Indians offense, led by RBIs from David Murphy, Ryan Raburn and Asdrubal Cabrera, scored 3 times off of 10 hits in the 5th and 6th innings. Cody Allen notched the save for the Tribe in the 9th, securing the 3-2 victory for the Indians, their 8th out their last 9 games, and 2nd in a row.

The final game of the series would also be the most electric of the series in terms of offense. The Indians hit Home Runs, and drove in 17 runs off of 18 hits. TJ House, the Tribe starter only pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 6 runs. Luckily for House, the offense, led by Lonnie Chisenhall, made up for the woes of House. The highlight of the game was Lonnie Chisenhall. Chisenhall, in the Indians 17-7 victory, made national news as he went 5 for 5, with 3 Home Runs, accounting for 9 RBIs. Chisenhall, who single handedly  outscored the Rangers, made national headlines and earned himself the nickname, “Lonnie Baseball.”

Chisenhall and Indians took the series victory from the Rangers and continued on to Kansas City, where they will play the Royals in a 2 game set. The Indians sit 2.5 GB of Detroit heading into tonight, who are playing against the Chicago White Sox.

**Something to note: Elivs Andrus, otherwise known as “The Indian Killer” held a 39 Game hit streak against the Tribe into the Second game of the series. His streak was snapped, making it the second longest hit streak against a single team.

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