The Indians are now back to an even .500 record at 55-55 after defeating the Texas Rangers 2-0.
Player Of The Game
It would be hard not to give it to reliever Scott Atchison. He relieved starter T.J. House in the 6th with runners on first and second and retired the rest of the hitters in the inning. This ended up being the biggest turning point in the game as, according to win probability, increased the Indians odds of winning the game by 13%, the largest swing in the game.
The Indians are back to .500!
Indians pitching held the Rangers offense at bay as they went 0-9 with runners in scoring position. On the season, the Rangers are hitting .239 with runners in scoring position, the second lowest for the club since STATS Inc. started charting such statistics in 1974. The Rangers hit .227 in those situations in 1992.
The Indians scored in bunches in the 6th off Rangers starter Miles Mikolas. The tie game finally came to an end when Chisenhall floated a single to center that scored Jason Kipnis, which gave the Indians a one-run advantage. Nick Swisher extended the lead to 2-0 in the following at-bat with a base hit down the right-field line.
(Photo Courtesy of the Ranger Report)
House hit a snag during the sixth inning, when he issued a leadoff walk to Elvis Andrus and then served up a single to Alex Rios. Already at 97 pitches in a deadlock, the Tribe turned to veteran righty Scott Atchison, who sat down the next three batters in order to escape the jam; thus winning player of the game honors.
Atchison allowed only one hit over 1 2/3 innings and combined with relievers Nick Hagadone, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen to keep the Rangers scoreless over the final four innings.
The Indians bats were stymied for much of the night. Mikolas proved baffling through the first five frames as he racked up six punchouts while allowing only a pair of base hits.