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Jeanmar Gomez Tries To Win His 5th In A Row Thursday Night

It is safe to say that the Indians won’t be sorry to see their work against the Chicago White Sox done after Thursday’s action. Chicago has gone a healthy 11-6 vs. The Good Guys thus far in 2011, including picking up victories in the last two games of this four-game series that wraps up at Progressive Field at 7:05.

This game becomes a battle for second place, with Cleveland holding a half-game lead over the South Siders.

Jeanmar Gomez gets the call tonight, looking for his fifth straight victory in what is becoming quite the audition to find a spot in the rotation in 2012.

Gomez, in those four victories, has gone 24 total innings and allowed only five earned runs. That translates to a nice 1.88 ERA over that span.

Included in Jeanmar’s run was a win in Chicago on September 9, when Gomez went six innings and surrendered two runs on six hits in an 8-4 Tribe win.

Philip Humber will be on the mound for the White Sox. Humber (9-6) has faced the Indians four times in his career, including two starts, and is still looking for his first decision vs. the Tribe. Humber has worked a total of only 8.1 innings against Cleveland, and has a 4.32 ERA.

After tonight’s game the Minnesota Twins come to town beginning Friday night for a four-game series that will wrap up the Indians’ home schedule for 2011. Included in the set with the Twins will be a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Then it will be off to Detroit for three games to finish the season (or, rather, finish the season for Cleveland).

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.