Indian’s Josh Tomlin Shuts Down Yankees For First Win Of 2015
Only second start after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.
In only his second start, Cleveland Indian’s starter Josh Tomlin pitched a gem against the New York Yankees on Thursday, defeating the Bronx Bombers 3-2. The win is Tomlin’s first of the season, as he was shutdown in April after experiencing pain in his right shoulder which required him to have Tommy John Surgery.
In his first start of 2015 on August 15th, Tomlin faced the Minnesota Twins and in 6.1 innings, he gave up two earned runs (2-homers), while allowing five hits, no walks, and struck out five but walked away with a loss.
But against the Yankees, the Texas native took a step in the right direction as he tossed seven sterling innings, allowing just one earned run (homer), on just two hits, with two walks and six strike outs.
In his dominant performance, Tomlin started the game retiring the first six batters he faced before giving up a lead-off double to Chase Headley in the bottom of the third. After a one-out walk, he was able to induce two ground ball outs to keep the Yanks from scoring.
In the bottom of the fourth, Alex Rodriguez led off with his 26th home run of the season to cut into the Indians lead at 3-1. The tribe scored their three runs, on an RBI double off the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall on the second, Michael Brantley‘s RBI single in the third and Jose Ramirez‘s RBI single in the fourth.
After A-Rod’s home run, Tomlin retired the next three batters to end the inning. From the fifth to the seventh, the Indian’s righty allowed just one walk and retired the last seven batters he faced to end his tremendous night.
In his seven innings of work, he threw 106 pitches, with 69 for strikes. He worked his repertoire of pitches and throwing as high as 90 MPH with his fastball, but averaged mostly in the high 80’s as he used a number of pitches to keep the Yanks off-balance.
Tomlin missed more than half of 2015, but after enduring the surgery and no true idea as to how he would perform upon his return, it’s good to see him doing well.
I tip my cap to his tremendous return and wish him well the rest of the season.