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A Texas Sized 9th Helps Tribe to 9-6 Win Over Rangers – Three Takeaways from the Sweep

2. Ninth Inning Patience

The Indians in three games against the Rangers have scored eight runs in the 9th inning, three in the win on Monday and five Wednesday, but what was great to see in the 9-6 win was how the team was able to load the bases and even get in a run.

They took pitches.

Sam Dyson, who now boasts a 72.00 ERA after two losses to the Tribe, couldn’t find the plate, and the Tribe took advantage of that, as after Yandy Diaz and Tyler Naquin both singled, Yan Gomes flew out, and then Abraham Almote walked to load the bases in a great at-bat, and Carlos Santana also walked, making it a 6-5 game.

Then Lindor delivered the big blow, but the team wouldn’t have gotten there if it were not for the team setting the table with the two hits and then the even better two walks.

Dyson threw 22 pitches, and once the Indians sensed that he was rattled, they made sure to let him bury himself with the two walks that then allowed Lindor to deliver the huge hit to send the Indians to the sweep.

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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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