CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians offense got a rude awakening over the last three days, as maybe the best team in the National League beat the Indians three straight times in the Atlanta Braves.
Thursday night at Turner Field, the Braves finished off a three-game sweep of the Indians with a 3-1 win. The Tribe in the three losses were outscored 8-3, wasting decent starting pitching in all three games.
Their offense though was nowhere to be found again, as a night after scoring two runs, they only got one vs Atlanta, with the lone run being a solo homer from Lonnie Chisenhall in the 8th to get the Indians to within two.
It was as close as they would get, as the rest of the night three Braves pitchers struck out the Indians seven times, walking them once, and allowing just seven hits.
Kris Medlen was impressive for the Braves, going seven innings, not allowing a run on six hits with no walks and six K’s. Medlen improves his 2013 mark to 11-12.
Ubaldo Jimenez started for the Indians, and didn’t pitch too badly, but with the offense in a complete funk, anything more than a run was going to do in Tribe pitching.
Jimenez falls to 9-9, and his big mistake came when he gave up a three-run homers to Braves catcher Brian McCann in the third inning to deep right to make it a 3-0 game.
It was the 19th homer of the season for McCann, and RBI numbers 48 through 50. It was also more than enough offense for a Braves team whose pitching staff toyed with the Indians all week.
No one in the starting lineup had more than one hit for the Tribe, and while they had base runners in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th innings, they never had anything else to show for it.
Chisenhall’s 8th homer of the season came off of Braves relief pitcher David Carpenter, but it was not enough to spark a rally.
The loss puts the Indians now at 71-62 on the season, and doesn’t bode well for a team that will start a three-game set Friday night in Detroit vs the Tigers.
The Braves, who will eventually win the NL East, are now 81-52 on the season.
Friday the Indians kickoff the first of three at Comerica Park vs the Tigers in their last series of the season against their rivals.
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