Storylines: Rockies ink De La Rosa to an extension
- Tuesday's loss to the Tigers looked as if it spelled doom for the Tribe and their division and playoff hopes. In two games they were outhit by Detroit 39-15 and the bullpen showed their exhaustion. It was painfully obvious after Cody Allen gave up a three-run home run to J.D. Martinezto give the Tigers the 4-2 win and a 2-0 series lead. However, Danny Salazar and the Tribe offense showed no signs of giving into the pressure on Wednesday. Salazar threw his first complete game shutout against the vaunted Tigers bats. He dropped his ERA from 4.23 to 3.80 and had nine strikeouts and no walks. His fastball was electric and his changeup fell off the table all night long.
- While Salazar shutout the Tigers, the other big story was the reawakening of the Tribe bats. Jose Ramirezwent 3-for-4 after going 0-for-8 in the two previous games. Carlos Santana started off the game as he did on Tuesday by hitting a two-run homerun off of Justin Verlander for his 24th of the year. Verlander threw 108 pitches in only 6.2 innings and gave up seven runs. The Indians are the only team that he has the most losses against in his career at 9-12. Hopefully this is the spark the Indians need to continue their playoff push as they finish up the series on Thursday with Detroit and get ready for the Chicago White Sox.
- Josh Tomlin was activated off of the paternity list since being placed there on Sunday. He is now the 11th reliever in the bullpen.
Other News and Notes
- Milwaukee Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid passed away at the age of 53. The cause of death is unknown.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed former Tribe outfielder Aaron Cunningham.
- Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro could miss the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain. Castro is hitting .292 with 14 HR and 65 RBI.
- According to Buster Olney of ESPN, The Boston Red Sox plan to have third basemen Will Middlebrooksplay winter ball. This means that he likely won’t get traded during the offseason.
- The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year extension with lefty Jorge De La Rosa. The deal is for $25 million with $12.5 million guaranteed. De La Rosa is 13-10 with a 4.26 ERA and 119 strikeouts.