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Bats Come Through Late; Indians Rally to Top Rangers 7-5 to End April 15-12, Three Takeaways From the Win

1. Missed Chances

The Indians offense created plenty of chances against the Rangers, and it seemed like it was pulling teeth trying to convert those chances as the night went along.

In the 5th they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, and a shallow fly out by Jose Ramirez and strikeout by Edwin Encarnacion ended the frame scoring just a run when it could have been more.

In the 6th, they again had 2nd and 3rd with one out, and this time it was strikeouts by both Roberto Perez and Bradley Zimmer that ended the inning with no runs.

They had runners on first and second in the 7th with no outs, and Encarnacion hit into a double play, and a lineout to first by pinch hitter Michael Brantley ended the inning.

That’s six runners in three innings left on that easily could have changed the game if even two of them would have scored. Instead it was yet another frustrating night for the offense with runners on base, that is until they finally got it right in the 8th inning to win the game.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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