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Indians outlast White Sox to creep within one game of second AL Wild Card

Sep 13, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

Nick Swisher AP

With just a handful of games left in the regular season, the Indians have certainly done their part to remain relevant both in the AL Central and Wild Card races. They defeated the White Sox by a score of 3-1 this afternoon, improving to 79-68, 5.5 games behind the division-leading Tigers and one game behind the second Wild Card-leading Rays. It is their seventh victory in their last ten games, picking up three games each on the Tigers and Rays in that span of time.

Starter Danny Salazar didn’t make it through the fourth inning, but recorded nine of his 11 outs via strikeout and did not allow any runs on four hits and two walks. Seven Indians relievers combined to allow just one unearned run over the final five and one-third innings. The offense got to White Sox starter Hector Santiago in the middle innings, scoring once in the fourth on an RBI single by Drew Stubbs, and twice in the fifth on a Ryan Raburn double and a Michael Brantley sacrifice fly.

As of this posting, the Tigers are just getting under way against the Royals, and the Rays will match up against the Twins in an hour. The Indians have become a very interesting team to follow with the regular season nearly complete.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I’m happy for the Indians. to me baseball isn’t even about winning the worldseries that’s more like the cherry on top. If you can stay in the hunt all 6 months and ad a fan enjoy every game knowing they DO actually mean something means more to me. Sure being a Yankee fan means a lot of rings in history but last one was 09 and before that was 2000 took 13 years to get to the promise land so rather enjoy the ride. that’s what baseball is all about

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Indians still have a good chance, and as long as that happens, as a fan that is all you can ask for.

      • yankeepunk3000 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        exactly. that to me is the joy of the game

    • couldntthinkofaname - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Yankeepunk, from a Dodger fan, GREAT POST, brother!

  2. Kevin Gillman - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I was hoping Danny Salazar could make it to the 5th inning, but the kid has electric stuff. I can’t wait to see him next season, when he doesn’t have a leash on him with the pitch limit set at 75 right now.

  3. happytwinsfan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    since baseball is god’s favorite sport, either the Indians or the Royals, if not both, will win the wild card.

  4. happytwinsfan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    the twins are playing the Rays tonight. hope my boys can give you some help.

  5. chill1184 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    You know for all the talk about the Pirates finally breaking their losing streak the Indians along with the Royals have also been pretty damm good stories. As least from a long time suffering fan’s perspective

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