CLEVELAND: Getting a three-game sweep is noteworthy, but Mike Aviles had a different take on today's win over the Rangers.
“”It’s not so much the sweep,’’ Aviles said. “”We played a clean game. We need to do that when the pitching is giving us a chance to win.’’
A “”clean’’ game is something that’s been hard to come by lately. Arguably, the Tribe lost two games to the Twins last week and one to the Mariners because of shoddy fielding.
Aviles contributed to Sunday’s victory by hitting a two-run homer in the eighth inning, after entering the game in the sixth as a pinch hitter.
According to Elias Sports Bureau and STATS LLC, Saturday night’s victory over the Rangers was the first in team history that the Tribe earned a 1-0 victory on a leadoff home run.
It also marked only the 23rd time in the modern era (since 1900) that any team has achieved such a win. But it has happened twice this season (the Diamondbacks beat the Marlins May 18).
With the emergence of the Tribe’s rotation, leading the major-leagues with 14 shutouts doesn’t seem so bizarre.
“”That’s something to talk about when the season is over,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”Hopefully we’ll have 30.’’