The Cleveland Indians bounced back tonight and defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 15-4. The Tribe offense pounded out 22 hits, the most they have had all year. 15 is the most runs they have scored in a game all year as well. Lonnie Chisenhall, David Murphy, and Asdrubal Cabrera combined to drive in seven runs and had 13 of those hits. The Indians finally appear to be heating up the plate, averaging just under six runs a game over their last six outings.
It is no doubt a good sign for Indians hitters after a sluggish first month of the season. The Tribe has been waiting for the offense to catch up to the standards the pitching has set this year. This game was very reminiscent of the 2013 Indians, stringing together hits and driving in runners in scoring position. They also forced Blue Jays pitchers to throw over 200 pitches in the game, another sign that Tribe hitters are getting back to their 2013 form. Staying patient in the box and looking for their pitch to hit at the plate is when this team is at their best.
Murphy and Chisenhall have been producing all year, so their production tonight isn’t a big surprise. But Cabrera has really picked it up the last few weeks, batting .424 in the past week. It was just a matter of time and patience for Cabrera, who was hitting the ball hard all year, but it seemed to always go right at a defender. Carlos Santana even showed some signs of progression, hitting a two-run bomb in the fifth inning and getting on base three other times throughout the game. Nick Swisher was the only one not to join the hit parade, as his average has dipped below the .200 mark for the year.
Terry Francona definitely liked what he saw tonight, and this could be a sign of things to come for the Tribe. Offenses have ups and downs all year, and with the Indians having been down for almost all of this year, it is time for them to start their upswing.