HOUSTON -- Indians reliever Tony Sipp saw hit first work out of the bullpen in a week, getting the final out in the sixth inning and pitching a perfect seventh inning of Saturday's game.
"He threw strikes and saw a couple of lefties and took advantage of that," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "That's good for him to build confidence. Tony's pitching good against lefties, struggling against righties. Whenever he hasn't made a pitch, they've made him pay for it. That's been the thing with Tony."
But Sipp made all good pitches Saturday, striking out two of the four batters he faced.
"We need to get him out there," Acta said. "We need to get him right. We need him. He's pitched very well for us the last three years. It's tough. It's there; he's still throwing 91-93 [mph] with a breaking ball. But it's about making pitches.
"We've seen him get into some good stretches where he goes a long time being effective for us. I just can't go, 'What have you done for me lately, last week?' I've got to look for the last three years. And this guy has been very reliable for us. So I have to continue to trust him and give him the benefit of the doubt and try to place him in the right spot until he gets in a good groove."
Saturday's outing provided a good starting place.