Gant wasn’t able to make much of an impact before leaving Monday night’s game, but he did allow three hits and one earned run in his two innings pitched. Early world is that his left oblique is strained, but he will be reassessed by the Braves staff tomorrow. Barring anything unforeseen he will almost surely miss his next start in the rotation, which would have been against the Marlins and Jose Fernandez on Saturday. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if Gant ended up on the disabled list in the next few days.
Kipnis’ 10th home run of the year came in the top of the ninth inning with the game no longer in doubt. Tonight’s 1-for-5 effort extended Kipnis’ hitting streak to a modest nine games, but he’s hitting just 10-for-44 in that timespan. The 29-year-old’s batting average has decreased significantly since last year, but he’s shown better power numbers in 2016, as he already has more home runs this year than he did in all of 2015. He’ll square off against Braves pitcher Matt Wisler tomorrow, who has pitched two solid games in a row, allowing just five earned runs in his last 13 and a third innings pitched.
Napoli got the Indians offense started on Monday night with an RBI single in the first inning, and ended up helping them win the game by scoring twice later on in the game. The streaky first baseman now has three multi-hit games in his last six starts. After an incredibly productive month of May where he hit seven home runs and drove in 25, Napoli has continued to produce runs for the Indians in June with five home runs and 16 runs batted in. He’ll continue to frustrate fantasy owners with his inconsistent play on a regular basis, but he has been a solid contributor for the surprise AL Central division leaders. He’ll face off against Braves pitcher Matt Wisler tomorrow, who has allowed at least seven hits in each of his last four games.
Chisenhall’s fourth inning blast, his fourth of the year, gave the Indians the lead and was enough offense to ensure that the Indians won for the 45th time this season. The 27-year-old has been hot at the plate in his last six games, going 11-for-24 with a double, a triple, and two home runs with seven runs batted in. Chisenhall’s average on the season is up to .295 and his OPS is .825, both of which are significantly higher than his 2015 totals of .246 and .667. He’ll look to continue his hot streak on Tuesday against Matt Wisler, who has struggled against left-handed batters to the tune of a .245 batting average allowed with eight home runs and 29 runs batted in.