Tribe wins eight in a row
Raburn hits two HR's
Ray Robinson | 8/2/2013, 12:28 a.m.
Indians on a roll win eight in a row
By Ray Robinson
It's safe to say that the Indians are on a tear.
Currently, they have won eight games in a row with the eighth coming last night against the visiting Chicago White Sox 6-1.
The Indians swept a weekend series from the Texas Rangers at home and have continued to bash the competition with good small ball and some pretty good pitching. The pitching has been as steady as a rock since the all-Star break.
Hopefully, they will continue to shine until late August and beyond.
Each night there has been a different player playing the role of folk lore hero, Paul Bunyon. The boys have been swinging some hot lumber and racking up some impressive baseball numbers. During Thursday nights win, they had 6 runs on 14 hits versus only 5 hits for the Sox.
Yesterday, Ryan Raburn was the lumberjack who supplied the necessary power to get the job at hand done and complete. Raburn smashed two home runs to help elevate the team to another fantastic finish. The win netted the Indians another sweep and an eight game win streak.
His first blast to right field came in the third inning, adding two more runs and later in the seventh he went yard again. This time the home run was a solo shot to left field.
All-star pitcher, Justin Masterson kept the heat on at the dish, never letting Chicago get a foothold. Masterson had his stuff working for him and he gave a solid outing and had plenty of offensive and defensive assistance from his teammates. Masterson's only mistake resulted in a sixth inning blast by Alejandro De Aza.
Masterson carries a 3.33 ERA and now stands at 13-7 in wins and losses.
The boys have won 11 straight at Progressive Field and 37 of their last 56 games at home. They are currently 12 games over .500.
Still, the Detroit Tigers are the team to beat and they are looking at the Indians from the front seat. The Tigers will be in town next week and each game will be like a World Series game to the Indians if they intend on making up some ground. The Tigers are in first place in the AL Central while the Indians are holding on to the second AL Wild card spot.
Mark Reynolds, who has been stuck in the muck, got his first RBI since July 2nd in the second inning with two on and two out with a single that produced the Indians' first run. Two more runs score in the third. Indians 3, White Sox 0.
The Indians scored two more runs in the fifth behind singles from both Drew Stubbs and Nick Swisher. Raburn drove in Stubbs with a single to left and Swisher scored on an Asdrubal Cabrera sacrifice fly to center field. Chicago got their only run in the sixth inning as they fought all game long against some of Masterson's best nasty sinker balls.
The Indians added one more run in the seventh inning, ending the scoring from both teams. Still, it was more than enough to seal the win, advancing their record to 60-48. The Tigers are 61-45 and constantly sharpening their paws. The battle for first place begins Monday evening at Progressive Field.