Indians Game Information, July 8
CLEVELAND INDIANS (44-40, 2nd, -3.0 G) vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS (44-41)
RHP Zach McAllister (3-1, 3.93) vs. RHP James Shields (8-5, 4.11)
First Pitch: 1:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO, WKYC. Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
DOUBLE-VISION: With the help of 5 more two-sackers last night, including 3 in a 3-run 2nd inning, Cleveland has 153 doubles this season, 5th-most in the A.L. and 9th-most in majors…the 2nd-inning matched a Tribe season-high for most doubles in a single frame (3x)…SHIN-SOO CHOO (T2nd, 26) and MICHAEL BRANTLEY (8th , 23) both rank in the A.L. top 10 for doubles.
HOTTER THAN JULY: The Indians are off to a 5-2 start in July with the help of som esolid outings by members of the club’s starting rotation…Tribe starters have logged an A.L. -best 44.0 innings this month, 4th-most in baseball, while recording quality starts in 6 of 7 games…the staff has a combined 2.95 ERA (13ER/39.2IP) in those 6 quality starts (4.30 ERA in July overall due to 8ER over 4.1IP in Friday’s 10-3 loss to Tampa Bay).
OFFENSE, MERCURY BOTH RISING: The Indians are batting .311 (131-421) with 16 homers and 74 runs (6.2 RPG) over the last 12 games to raise Cleveland’s team average from .248 to a season-high .257…club had a combined .248 (423-1703) avg. in April (.245) and May (.250) while scoring 4.4 runs per-game, but has been hitting at a .271 (318-1174) clip beginning June 1 (June-.263, July .301) with 4.7 runs per game.