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Tribe Take: Clutch Baseball

This week, the Tribe had two key series against the hot hitting Rockies and streaky Rays. At the beginning of the week, the club was hanging on to a slight lead for first place, but a 4-2 record helped move them 4.5 games in front of the Twins. The Tribe is hot, and are playing well as we start to come down on the final stretch of the season.

Monday was an off day to start the week for the Tribe, as they recuperated from their weekend series against the Yankees.

On Tuesday, the Indians welcomed in the Colorado Rockies for a quick 2 game series before heading off on a 4 city road trip. The Tribe’s offense came to life, as it has been struggling recently, and they knocked in 4 runs to coast to a 4-1 victory to open up the week.

Wednesday wasn’t as easy though, as the Rockies stole a game with a 3-2 victory on a great game from 3B Nolan Arenado.

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So after the split with the Rockies, the Tribe took off to Tampa to explore city #1 on the 4 city road trip. The Tribe and Rays embarked on a 4 game weekend series that would close out the week.

Thursday’s Game 1 was a steal for the Rays, as Corey Dickerson blasted a 3 run homer off of Nick Goody in the 8th to seal the deal.

But after the late comeback, that was all the Rays would get. The entire weekend was full of Tribe domination and wins. On Friday night, Carlos Carrasco dominated the Rays as he went on to pitch a shutout, with a final of 5-0. Saturday night was all about Mike Clevinger, as he pitched another gem to add to the shutout total with a final of 3-0. And the finale on Sunday was won by a clutch solo shot in the 8th by veteran Austin Jackson, helping to give the Tribe a 4-3 victory and a 4-2 record on the week.

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STORY OF THE WEEK: With Michael Brantley on the DL, the Indians sought out some outfield help when they acquired OF Jay Bruce from the New York Mets, in exchange for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan. Bruce brings some extra power to the Indians lineup, and also adds a great presence in the outfield, which will hopefully help the Tribe’s chances even more in the postseason.

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