Put another sweep in the books.
For the second series in a row, the Cleveland Indians swept their opponent aside, polishing off the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night with a 2-0 victory. The Tribe has now won six straight, still nipping at the Minnesota Twins’ heels near the top of the AL Central standings.
Offense was hard to come by for both teams in this one.
With Pittsburgh, the source of that struggle was obvious, and its name was Shane Bieber. Cleveland’s ace put forth yet another dominant night on the mound, which is becoming par for the course in 2020.
As for the Indians’ offense, the issue was a lack of impact at-bats. They finished the game with seven hits, each was of the single variety. While Cleveland generated hard contact on eight batted balls, extra bases just weren’t in the cards.
The Indians had an opportunity to blow the game open in the eighth, loading the bases with no outs. Instead of running away with the contest, Cleveland scored only once on a poorly executed fielder’s choice. The next three hitters went down quietly, effectively eliminating the threat.
Despite this, the Indians still left the game victorious, thanks to the elite pitching we’ve come to know from the leader of their rotation.
Here are a few observations from the win.