CLEVELAND--It was starting pitching that was the question mark coming into the 2013 season, and yet, it continues to be that same starting pitching that has given the Indians a chance to win of late.
On the right arm of starter Zach McAllister, the Tribe shutout the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night, 1-0. It was the team’s eighth win in their last nine games, moving Cleveland two games above the .500 mark with a 16-14 record.
The 25-year old McAllister was simply brilliant in his 7 2/3 innings of work, as he blanked Oakland hitters to just five hits while walking one and striking out four.
“He is learning so fast,” Francona said of McAllister. “When you tell him something, even in passing, he takes it into the game. The game is not speeding up on him at all. He executes pitches and we felt that way leaving him out there late in the ballgame.”
McAllister is now 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA at Progressive Field this year. More importantly, the right-hander continues to throw first pitch strikes,...