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Blackburn Baffles Indians as A’s Top Tribe 3-1 in Oakland; Three Takeaways

3. Blackburn Shuts Down the Tribe

Paul Blackburn, as pointed out in our game preview, was very good against the Indians the last time he faced them in Oakland a season ago, going six innings, allowing three runs on five hits on July 15th.

All he did to follow up that outing on Friday was shutout the Indians for six innings, giving up just three hits with a walk and five K’s.

As it goes with struggling pitchers at times, the Indians made Blackburn look really good, as he dropped his ERA nearly two runs from over eight to 6.46 in the Oakland win.

The Indians get a shot against 34-year-old vet Edwin Jackson to get the offense going on Saturday.

Getting late early here in Oakland….A’s are 30-0 when leading after 7 innings. Oak up 1-0 here in the top of 6.

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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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