August 28, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
OAKLAND ATHLETICS (70-57) AT CLEVELAND INDIANS (55-73), 7:05 P.M.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Tommy Milone (10-9, 3.87) Cleveland - Zack McAllister (5-4, 3.50)
(Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics seek a fourth straight win on Tuesday when they continue a four-game set with the hapless Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Oakland received a tremendous effort from Brett Anderson in Monday's opener, as the left-hander tossed seven impressive innings, and the Athletics rode an early offensive surge to a 3-0 win.
Anderson (2-0) continued to show no ill effects in his second outing since returning from Tommy John surgery, limiting Cleveland to two hits -- one of which was disputed -- with two walks and five strikeouts.
Had had given up one run and four hits over seven frames against Minnesota last Tuesday.
"The execution of pitches was probably a little bit more consistent last time," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I think he though innings two through five he was really good with his execution, but his stuff looked really good, electric tonight."
Josh Reddick clubbed a leadoff home run in the second inning for the wild card contending Athletics, who have won nine of their last 11 games.
Cleveland starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) worked only 2 1/3 innings before exiting with a right ankle sprain. He was tagged for three runs on four hits.
The Indians have dropped 11 of 12 and have struck out at least 10 times in three of the last four, with the top three batters in their order Monday going 0-for-11 with five strikeouts.
"This is frustrating," Cleveland third baseman Jason Donald said. "It's not enjoyable losing ballgames like this, especially when you feel like you have a chance to win it. It just seems like it keeps piling on right now."
Hoping to add to that misery on Tuesday will be lefty Tommy Milone, who won for the first time in six starts his last time out. Milone held the Minnesota Twins to a run and two hits in eight innings on Wednesday, as he improved to 10-9, while lowering his ERA to 3.87.
Milone did not get a decision against the Indians earlier in the year in his only other appearance against them.
Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Zack McAllister, who is 5-4 with a 3.50 ERA. McAllister did not get a decision on Wednesday in Seattle, but pitched well, giving up just a run and three hits in six innings. He also walked three in the 3-1 loss.
McAllister squared off against Milone back on Aug. 17 and like him did not get a decision in that encounter.
After losing their first two games to Cleveland, the A's have rattled off five straight wins versus the Tribe. Oakland hasn't won six straight in a single season against Cleveland since 1998, when it posted an eight-game streak in the series.