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Indians hit four homers, win 10th straight at home

Apr 28, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

Shin-Soo Choo, Grady Sizemore AP

Getting long balls from Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Santana, Grady Sizemore and Shelley Duncan, the Indians beat the Royals 8-2 on Thursday to finish a three-game sweep and win their 10th straight at home.

Cleveland is now an American League-best 16-8 overall.

What’s incredible is that the Indians have done it with Fausto Carmona and Carlos Carrasco struggling. Carmona pitched well tonight, but he has a 5.15 ERA after five starts. Carrasco just joined Mitch Talbot on the DL, but Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin have stepped up in a big way and the offense has been far better than anyone would have guessed.

With the eight runs tonight, the Indians have moved into a tie with the Rangers for first place in the AL in that category. And they’ve played 24 games to the Rangers’ 25. Last year, the Indians ranked 12th of the 14th AL teams in runs scored, a full 213 runs behind the first-place Yankees.

It’s been a team effort, too. No one on the club has more than four homers or 15 RBI. However, they have seven players with at least 11 RBI and Sizemore has nine in 10 games since coming off the DL.

  1. Lukehart80 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    This has been the best April to be an Indians’ fan in quite some time. I’m well aware of the law of averages, the dangers of SSS, and all that, but I’m enjoying this all the same. Go Tribe!

    • kmgannon - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:11 PM

      Agreed. As a longtime Tribe fan, this season smelled like a return to the mid-80s decrepitude…but I have been pleasantly surprised, and am enjoying watching this year’s team waaaaay more than I thought I would. Months like this are what I love about being a baseball fan. And Cleveland should be able to at least hang around this year in what looks like a pretty shaky central division.

  2. RickyB - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Carmona has been better than you give him credit. Since giving up 10 runs in his first start, his ERA is under three, and in four of his six starts this year he has allowed two or fewer runs while pitching at least seven innings.

  3. dan1111 - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:37 AM

    The Indians’ success may not be a fluke. Clearly they have had some luck, as they are not the best team in baseball. However, they might not be terrible. The lineup should be quite a bit better than last year, and the pitching could be decent. Actually, the team sort of reminds me of the Twins: a couple of great hitters surrounded by filler, and a group of solid but not dominant starting pitchers. In a division that was weak to start with, whose better teams are struggling, Cleveland might have just enough. Getting a head start doesn’t hurt.

    After writing this, I’m not sure I have convinced myself. Still, it would be nice…

  4. bigtrav425 - Apr 29, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Im a tribe fan and a realist..i predicted as bad a yr as last yr unless some of the young kids started producing finally so i am in shock as everyone so far but i am enjoying this and hoping it stays this way.But even if it does we just have to remind ourselves that the Dolans still own them and Mark Shapiro is still in the organization 😦

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