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Indians offensive woes continue in 7-2 loss to Cubs
The Chicago Cubs completed their two-game sweep of the Indians Wednesday night from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. 

The Cubs got the party going in the third. Anthony Rizzo homered to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. In the 5th inning, the Cubs extended their lead after a couple of walks and a hit to load the bases. Jason Heyward hit a sac fly to score Anthony Rizzo. After that, David Bote has a two-run single to right that scored Javier Baez and Ian Happ. Wilson Contreras also got ejected in the middle of the fifth. After checking his swing, home plate umpire Tim Timmons did not appeal to the first base or third base umpire. Contreras was not happy that he didn't ask and slammed his bat, walking away, and was ejected. In the bottom half of the 5th, Jose Ramirez scored Tyler Naquin on a fly ball to left field. 

In the sixth, Kris Bryant homered off of Adam Cimber to make it 3-1. After, walks to Sandy Leon and Jose Ramirez. Francisco Lindor singled to right field to scored Hernandez. In the eighth, the Cubs put things away. A RBI double from former Indian Jason Kipnis scored Jason Heyward to make it 6-2. In the ninth, the Cubs added a seventh run courtesy of a Jason Heyward double that scored Ian Happ. 

Something concerning is that Carlos Carrasco struggled with his command for his second straight game as he walked five. He did strike out seven and allowed three hits on three runs over four innings of work.

The offensive woes continued for the Tribe who scored only two runs in the game tonight. They are 29th with an average of 3.3 runs a game; the only team with a worse record is the Toronto Blue Jays. A couple positive things for the Indians included Sandy Leon snapped his 0/24 streak in Wednesday's nights game with a single and Franmil Reyes got his hit streak up to six games. 

Next up for Cleveland is the Detroit Tigers from Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Ivan Nova, who is 1-0 with a 5.74 ERA, versus Aaron Civale, who is 1-2 with a 2.84 ERA, is the pitching match up that's expected.
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​POSTED 08/12/2020 22:13
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