The Cleveland Indians continued their winning ways for the second straight night and defeated the Oakland Athletics. They have won the last eight of nine games. In Tuesday’s game against the Athletics, Cleveland’s pitching was the key to the victory.
Overall, Cleveland’s pitching staff pitched a complete game shutout. Zach McAllister pitched a solid 7.2 innings and allowed only five hits. McAllister pitched his longest season outing, beating out his last start of seven innings. The bullpen continued the trend and kept the shutout.
Cleveland looks to be serious contenders this season. Currently, they sit five games out of first place in the American League Central behind the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals. They are currently on a two game win streak and if their pitching keeps throwing shutouts and dominates, Cleveland could become serious contenders down the stretch.
The AL Central has great pitchers in it, and the Indians are no exception to that. However, if the pitching fails, the bats will have to pick up the slack. Game in and game out, one or the other has been able to show up. Tonight, and so far in the Indians current series against the Athletics, the pitching has done the job.
McAllister impressed tonight and led the Indians to victory, and he will have to continue to pitch well as we head deeper into the season. Cleveland will look to beat the Athletics on Wednesday as Justin Masterson takes the mound. They will need another solid outing from their pitching staff if they want to continue their winning ways.