Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin allowed two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out five over 6 1/3 innings of an 8-2 win against Boston on Friday night. Tomlin (7-2, 3.02 ERA) finishes up with another solid outing as his only real mistake was a fourth inning two-run home run off the bat of David Ortiz. Tomlin had shoulder surgery in April, and didn't return to the Indians' rotation until mid-August, but he performed reasonably well over the final third of the year, and should be poised to claim a spot in their rotation for 2016 if he stays healthy.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin struggled while failing to factor into the decision on Saturday against the Royals, surrendering five earned runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Tomlin had his worst outing of the season after a two-start stretch where he surrendered only two earned runs over 14 2/3 innings for a sterling 1.27 ERA. A glaring statistic in Saturday's performance was Tomlin's inability to miss bats, with the veteran right-hander inducing only three swings-and-misses over 53 pitches. He also failed to record a single strikeout after totaling five or more in each of his other eight starts in 2015. Given his stretch of solid efforts prior to Saturday's debacle, it's likely that Tomlin can rebound with a strong effort in his next trip to the mound, the final one of an injury-shortened campaign.
The dispatching of Trevor Bauer to the bullpen has altered the weekend rotation for the Indians with the White Sox coming to town and beyond. Cody Anderson is set to start Friday with Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin following him to the mound over the next two days. Danny Salazar will go Tuesday and Corey Kluber on Wednesday in Minnesota.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin (5-2) took a rare complete-game loss, yielding four hits and two earned runs in a 2-0 loss to the Royals on Tuesday. He struck out six. It was the epitome of a tough-luck start for Tomlin, who was unable to receive any run support from an Indians offense that was shut down by multiple Royals pitchers. Tomlin actually notched his second complete game in three September appearances, and struck out six batters for the third consecutive start. The veteran right-hander had notched five consecutive victories prior to Tuesday, and had pitched extremely well overall since arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder delayed his 2015 debut until Aug. 15. Tomlin's walk-free effort on Tuesday also marked the fourth time in his last fifth starts that he has not surrendered a free pass, a key factor in his outstanding 0.68 wHIP metric. Tomlin's next trip to the mound will likely be a home tilt against the White Sox on Sept. 19.
Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin was impressive during Friday's 8-1 win over the Tigers. Tomlin only allowed one run on four hits over nine innings of work. He also struck out six and walked one. His lone mistake was giving up an RBI single to Miguel Cabrera in the sixth inning. Tomlin is 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA in five starts this season.