Anyone who watched as the Indians beat the Texas Rangers last night, had to be watching in amazement at Indians Pitcher Corey Kluber turned in a career best to hold the Rangers scoreless for 7 innings.
Kluber was just what Tribe manager Terry Francona needed last night. The Indians were in a 8 game losing streak and it didn’t look like it was coming to an end anytime soon. The Indians needed a solid performance from their starting pitcher and it was difficult to believe that it would be Kluber who would be able to turn things around for the Indians.
He pitched for a career high in innings pitched. He didn’t give up a run to the Rangers until the Indians had a 5 run lead in the game. Then Kluber would be charged with his only earned run of the game.
The Indians brought in Joe Smith to finish things off. If you were an Indians fan, you probably found yourself reaching for your defibrillator if you have one. Smith made things interesting and once the Indians got Pestano up in the Bull-pen Smith seemed to calm down and work his way out of the Inning to help get the Indians their first win on this 9 game road trip.
Reynolds, Stubbs and Swisher were able to provide the Indians enough fire-power offensively to drive in the runs needed to secure this victory to end the losing streak. It was the Indians longest losing streak of the season and it sent the Indians sliding backwards in the A.L. Central. Lets hope they can come back and do it again to get a winning streak going.
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