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#TribeTopThree 9/29/17: 101 Down, 1 to Go for Tribe to Clinch Home Field in ALCS

Cleveland (101-59) – 10
Chicago (AL) (66-94) – 1

Short and Sweet:

Mike Pelfrey put a ton of traffic for the Tribe on the bases in the early going and then they finally opened up the traffic in the second. Austin Jackson singled in a run, Jose Ramirez doubled for the second time to drive in two. The White Sox made a two out error then Jay Bruce blew it open with a two run-homer.

The Indians eased up after two doubles that plated four runs between Yandy Diaz (one RBI) and Edwin Encarnacion (three RBI).

Trevor Bauer won his 17th game of the season (yay pitcher wins!) by throwing six innings allowing just a run and striking out seven.

Rather than go into any detail about the game specifically, the Indians ticked off some important postseason tune-up items of note:

  • Jason Kipnis walked, doubled and scored two runs. He really let loose running scoring the run after walking and then stretching for the double.  He also stole a base.
  • Cody Allen rebounded from a rough Tuesday outing and struck out three of the four batters he faced. He sat down after the eighth and came back out for the ninth and looked very solid in doing so.
  • Andrew Miller pitched 2/3 of an inning and topped out at 97 on the radar gun and struck out the final batter of the night with a nasty slider.
  • Giovanny Urshela played second base and first base in the late innings, likely cementing his postseason roster spot as at least the backup infielder.
  • Ramirez, Kipnis, Jackson, Bruce, Encarnacion and Santana all got at least a 1/2 inning off during the blowout.
  • 101 wins is the second most in Indians franchise history. They need one more win to clinch the best record in the AL.

Tribe Top Three:

#3: Bruce – Bruce’s two-run homer in the second inning capped off the Indians six run outburst and put the Indians win expectancy at 94.1. He now has 99 RBI on the year.

#2: Ramirez – Two doubles gave him 55, which put him second in Indians history in two-baggers and he’s closing in on passing another Indian on the extra-base hit record. He had three hits and drove in two runs.

#1: Bauer – He won game #17 by throwing six innings and allowing just a fun while striking out seven. He didn’t walk a batter, allowed four hits and took a perfect game into the fourth inning.

Honorable Mention:

I put Encarnacion on the poll but his three run double only took the Indians win expectancy from 99.1 to 99.4 because it was a blowout. Austin Jackson opened the scoring with an RBI single, had two hits, scored two runs and saw 23 pitches over his three at bats. He walked twice and continues to have an outstanding year and September.

Tribe Time Tomorrow:

The Indians could clinch home field advantage throughout the AL portion of the postseason with a win as they send Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.27) for his last regular season start and last push for his Cy Young candidacy at 7:10 p.m. vs. the White Sox Carson Fulmer (2-1, 4.42).