Take­aways from the In­di­ans’ re­bound vic­tory

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS - David S. Glasier

Af­ter hav­ing their record­set­ting, 22-game win streak snapped by Kansas City on Sept. 15, the In­di­ans bounced back im­pres­sively on Sept. 16 with an 8-4 vic­tory over the Roy­als. Here are the take­aways from a late-af­ter­noon mati­nee played in front of an­other packed house at Pro­gres­sive Field.

Lin­dor at the top

Aug. 5, In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona in­stalled Fran­cisco Lin­dor as his lead­off hit­ter. There are a lot of rea­sons why the In­di­ans are 33-8 since then, but the work of the 23-year-old short­stop and two-time Amer­i­can League All-Star stand­out at the top of the bat­ting or­der is near the top of the list. Against the Roy­als on Sept. 16, Lin­dor was 3-for-4 with a dou­ble, two RBI and two runs scored. He has an ex­tra-base hit in his last 10 games, set­ting a new fran­chise record and pass­ing the pre­vi­ous stan­dard shared by Hal Trosky in 1934 and Sandy Alo­mar in 1997. It was Lin­dor’s team-lead­ing 48th multi-hit game of the sea­son. He also ran his hit­ting streak to 10 games. Since Aug. 24, when the In­di­ans’ em­barked on their win­ning streak, Lin­dor is bat­ting .383 with nine home runs, 22 RBI and 22 runs scored.

Hot bats

Lin­dor has had plenty of com­pany in tor­ment­ing op­pos­ing pitch­ers. Sec­ond base­man Jose Ramirez, given the day off against the Roy­als, is bat­ting .314 over­all with a ca­reer-high 27 home runs, 75 RBI and a ma­jor league-lead­ing 83 ex­tra-base hits. Car­los San­tana, Austin Jack­son, Jay Bruce and rookie third base­man Yandy Diaz all had two hits in the bounce-back win. Ed­win En­car­na­cion smacked his 35th homer of the sea­son and has 17 since the All-Star break.

Great pitch­ing

Car­los Car­rasco wasn’t at his dom­i­nat­ing best against the Roy­als in the Game 3 of a four-game se­ries, but the 30-year-old right-han­der was plenty good enough to notch his 16th vic­tory. He al­lowed four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 in­nings with five strike­outs and two walks. He had thrown 101 pitches, 70 for strikes, when Fran­cona de­cided to bring in left-handed re­lief ace An­drew Miller to staunch a K.C. rally with the In­di­ans lead­ing, 7-4.

Car­rasco is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last five starts. He joined team­mates Corey Klu­ber and Trevor Bauer with an AL-lead­ing 16 wins. Miller re­tired the only bat­ter he faced in his sec­ond ap­pear­ance since com­ing off the dis­abled list on Sept. 14. Fran­cona, who also called on re­liev­ers Zach McAl­lis­ter and Nick Goody to close out the Roy­als, will use the 13 re­main­ing reg­u­lar-sea­son games to set up his start­ing ro­ta­tion and bullpen for what is ex­pected to be an ex­tended post­sea­son. That pitch­ing staff has been noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar, al­low­ing four of fewer runs in the last 23 games.

Bruce’s world

Ac­quired from the New York Mets in a non-waiver trade on Aug. 9, Bruce has quickly played his way into the hearts of In­di­ans fans. Ev­ery time he walks to the plate for an at-bat, gets a hit or makes a play in right field, chants of “Bru­u­u­u­u­u­u­u­u­u­u­u­uce” rise from the crowd. The 30-year-old Texan has hit safely in 19 of 30 games he has played in a Cleve­land uni­form.

Big crowds

This home­s­tand has pro­duced some of the largest and most en­gaged crowd of the sea­sons. The third game in the cur­rent se­ries had paid at­ten­dance of 33,688. That was the 11th sell­out of the sea­son and pushed up to­tal at­ten­dance for the nine games to 252,919 with a pergame av­er­age of 28,102.

Glasier can be reached at dglasier@news-her­ald.com or @nh­glasier on Twit­ter


The In­di­ans’ Fran­cisco Lin­dor slides into home ahead of the tag from Roy­als catcher Drew Butera on Sept. 16at Pro­gres­sive Field.

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