Indians vs Chicago Cubs Game Thread #18, Tuesday at 7:10 p.m ET

Matt Loede

The Indians are back at home after winning two of three in Chicago over the weekend and the team's first "official" off day of the 2020 season.

Tonight and tomorrow they host the Chicago Cubs, a team that topped the Tribe for the World Series back in 2016 in game seven at Progressive Field.

Tuesday was supposed to see a pitching matchup of Mike Clevinger against Jon Lester, but Clevinger was sat down after he violated team rules in going out with fellow pitcher Zach Plesac Saturday evening in Chicago.

Both Plesac and Clevinger are currently on the Indians "restricted" list until further notice.

The Indians will turn to Adam Plutko, who filled in against the White Sox on July 28th in one of the double header games, earning a win.

Here's tonight's lineup for the visiting Cubs:

And the starting nine for the Tribe against Lester:

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Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Game one of two against the #Cubs in the books as Chicago beats up the Indians pen in a rather lackluster 7-1 win. Tribe outhit 11-4 in the game, Indians fall to 10-8 on the season.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

The numbers on Tyler Naquin's first batted ball of the season - 48.9 exit velocity, -50 launch angle, distance of one foot. A real screamer.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Tyler Naquin gets on base in his first at-bat of the season. That's enough to earn him the starting right field job.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Allen's fastball usage actually went up later into his appearance. He finished the night with four-seamers representing 46% of his pitches. On the plus side, Chicago only put one of them into play in the ninth.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Logan Allen is the sacrificial lamb of the Indians pen tonight - he's at 60 pitches in throwing 2.2 innings. At this point the Tribe doesn't have anyone up, so he can give up 10 runs and he's probably going to have to finish this out

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

All but 16 of Logan Allen's 39 pitches were fastballs. Chicago got a hold of six of them, with an average exit velocity of 96.4.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Seeing a lot of people saying this loss is squarely on the shoulders of Mike Clevinger -what say you?

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Jon Lester didn’t particularly fool Cleveland all night (30% called strike+whiff rate). Just a matter of the Indians not generating much quality contact.‬

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪That was only the second ball in play Logan Allen has allowed in this inning. Considering how this appearance has gone, not sure if that’s good news or bad.‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Wild pitch allows Kip to score - sure did look like Leon had plenty of time to flip it to Allen to try and make a put out - then again it's 7-1 so does it matter?

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Logan Allen's immediate impact out of the pen for the Indians - walk to Kipnis, hits Bryant with a pitch - not a night to remember for the pen

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Indians get a mario coin as Franmil Reyes clocks a double to deep center to score Lindor to cut the lead to 6-1 Cubs in the 6th

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Jason Heyward really didn’t even get much on that home run. 94.8 exit velocity and an xBA of only .270.‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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The much talked about Hill-Maton combo not exactly getting it done here in the 6th - 5 runs on 3 hits with a walk and hit batter and HR - Cubs in cruise control up 6-0 bottom 6

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Sure hope this isn’t a “bloom falling off the rose” moment for Cleveland’s bullpen‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Big two-out hit by Ian Happ scores another - Cubs lead it 3-0, not a good night for Cam Hill - he's done and Phil Maton entering the game

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Cam's in a jam - bases loaded after hitting Kyle Schwarber - only one out here in the 6th

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Cam Hill definitely struggling with command tonight. So far only has three called strikes on 19 pitches. No whiffs either.‬

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Jon Lester has only given up three hard hit balls tonight. Not much going for Cleveland’s bats right now.‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Plutko's night - 4 innings, 1 ER, four hits, 1 BB, 2 K 78 pitches 49 strikes

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Cleveland keeps grounding out to Kris Bryant and it’s giving me PTSD‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Domingo Santana with a chance to come through with a big hit for a RBI with two outs hits a lazy grounder to third to end the fourth

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Carlos Santana with the Indians second hit of the night, a double down the right field line - one out and Reyes at the plate

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Cam Hill in the pen right now for the Indians

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Plutko out of the third without any damage - he's at 60 pitches and it would be a shock to see the team get five out of him tonight

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Kipnis delivers a double down the RF line - gets in prior to the tag by Lindor

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Cubs dugout clapping loudly for Jason Kipnis' first AB tonight

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Cleveland’s bullpen will definitely be tested tonight. Adam Plutko already at 42 pitches, only eight of which have been called or swinging strikes.‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Jose Ramirez with an 'excuse me' double play gets Plutko off the hook here in the top of the second - Cubs get 1, and lead it 1-0

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Jason Heyward lines a 3-2 pitch to center, scoring Contreras to make it 1-0 Cubs here in the 2nd - Plutko up to 39 pitches

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Single and a walk - the Cubs dugout seems to hang on every pitch - which is kinda cool, kinda annoying

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Kyle Schwarber looking to wear out Adam Plutko with foul balls - finally struck him out in an 11-pitch at-bat

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Reyes goes chasing on a 3-2 change up from Lester - Indians leave a pair - 0-0 after one

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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With that walk Carlos Santana just passed Tris Speaker for 2nd in franchise history with his 858th walk in a Indians uniform.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Only one whiff generated by Adam Plutko that inning on 16 pitches, but no quality contact allowed. Relatively on-brand.‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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That's the first time I've seen Cesar Hernandez swing at a first pitch in 2020

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Nice 15 pitch inning for Plutko who gets the #Cubs 1-2-3 on a fly out and a pair of ground ball outs

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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Not sure if it's coming over on the broadcast, but the Cubs are VERY loud in their dugout


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