Cleveland Indians Zach McAllister looks on after Chicago Cubs’…
Weather forecasts show wind blowing out to right field at around 21 miles per hour during game time.
This game was billed as a starting pitchers’ duel, and so it proved.
“They came through and I knew I was going to get an at-bat there and I made the most of it”.
“Never a boring moment”, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
The Chicago Cubs looked to continue their hot streak today as they faced the Cleveland Indians in what was a makeup game that was postponed back in June.
Right fielder Carlos Beltran hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the New York Yankees to a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros.
“We did take advantage of being at home for such a long period”, Maddon said. “I felt really good about him in the ninth inning. Our guy was outstanding”.
The Cubs took a 1-Zero lead within the seventh when Chris Coghlan doubled and scored on a triple to proper by Anthony Rizzo.
Alas, Kluber’s ideal game bid was foiled with one out in the 6th when Ross hit one just short of Brantley in LF, but the Klubot came back with his 10th strikeout.
“(Kluber) was good. He and Lester both”, Indians manager Terry Francona said.
This led to Lester’s removal from the game, blowing both the shutout and the win.
“You have to pitch really well to beat good pitching, and you have to catch the ball on defense”.
The Indians have a talented club, have one of the best pitchers in the American League and are pretty solid on the road, but haven’t seemed to be able to put it all together this year.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas homered during a seven-run sixth inning to support right-hander Kris Medlen’s first start in almost two years as the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles. That said, Chicago is 13-3 in its last 16 home games, 14-3 in its last 17 games versus a team with a losing record and 12-1 in its last 13 home games versus a right-handed starter.
Lester went 8 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out six. San Diego sends out James Shields (9-5, 3.74), who picked up his first victory since mid-July his last time out. The drive was originally called a home run, but was overturned following a video review. When Ryan Raburn was hit on the foot, the Tribe had their leadoff man aboard, and after Jason Kipnis struck out, Francisco Lindor somehow managed to convert a horrible-looking swing into a dribbled single. Kipnis pinch-hit in that contest. With injuries and player struggles rearing their ugly head, however, can they keep the momentum going and get into the playoffs? Motte won’t throw for seven to 10 says. They are averaging 5.5 runs per game in that time as well.