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

1. Salazar Deserved a Better Fate

Starter Danny Salazar was able to last 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with four walks and nine strikeouts. Lindor’s mistake in the fifth cost two runs that should have never crossed the plate, and if you take those away it’s two runs in close to six innings.

His fastball was effective, and he was aggressive early in counts and went after hitters, a welcome sight in his first start of 2017.

After Corey Kulber’s scuffling outing in the opener, the team got two good starts from both Carlos Carrasco and now Salazar, two good signs of a rotation that many still feel is the best in baseball.

Salazar did have some control issues with the four walks, but the nine K’s are a welcome sight, and the bullpen also gets kudos for a good three games as well, not imploding like we saw the Rangers do twice in three days.

Thursday the Indians will travel to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks, a team that has one of the bigger underrated players in the National League in Paul Goldschmidt.

Game one of the three game set will be Friday at Chase Field, with Josh Tomlin going for the Indians.

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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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