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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Relief pitcher with Goldendale ties on fire for MLB's Cleveland Indians


September 27, 2017

Tyler Olson, a former Seattle Mariners seventh round draft pick and grandson of Goldendale residents Daryel and Mary Jo Olson, has been on tear recently for the Cleveland Indians.

Drafted by the Mariners in 2013 out of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Olson, a relief pitcher, made appearances in 11 games with Seattle in 2015, one appearance with the New York Yankees in 2016, and has pitched in 27 games so far this year for the former American League Champion Cleveland Indians after he was claimed off waivers by the Indians in July of last year.

With the 2017 Major League Baseball season nearing its end, Olson has been rock solid on the mound for the Indians, who hold a commanding 16 game lead over the Minnesota Twins (as of Tuesday morning) for the division lead in the American League Central. The Indians also made MLB history with their recent 22 game winning streak that spanned from Aug. 25 to Sept. 14. During the win streak, Olson made nine relief appearances, surrendering just three hits.

In 27 total appearances this season, Olson has yet to allow a single earned run and has given up just 12 hits and five walks in 17.2 total innings of work. He has been a key piece of a strong bullpen that, along with the team’s starting rotation, leads the MLB with a 3.33 (as of Tuesday morning) earned run average and is second in the league with a 1.17 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched).

He’s recorded seven holds so far this season and recently picked up his first win with the Indians (second win in career) and first save in back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 20 and 21. He struck out one over a scoreless inning of work against the Angels on Sept. 20 to pick up the win. The next day against the Angels, he worked a scoreless ninth inning, striking out Cole Calhoun while throwing 10 of his 15 pitches for strikes.

After Tuesday’s contest against the Chicago White Sox, Olson and the Indians have five games left in the regular season as they try to reach the World Series for the second consecutive season.


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