They made it more difficult than it needed to be, but the Tribe pulled out their fourth straight victory in Target Field, their longest win streak in Minnesota since a five-game stretch spanning the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Dating back to last year, the Indians have won nine of their last 10 against the Twins overall.
The highlight of the game was undoubtedly Jeanmar Gomez, who turned in arguably his best game as a pro. Gomez’s performance earned him a game score of 68, which bested his previous career high of 66 set during his MLB debut in 2010.
Just a few weeks ago Gomez was in the midst of a 23-start stretch during which he failed to complete seven innings of work, but has done so twice in his last three outings.
Gomez seemed to be trying a new approach tonight, relying more on this fastball. Entering tonight’s game, Gomez had thrown just 28 fastballs (6.4% of his total pitches) and relied heavily on his slider and sinker. But against the Twins, Gomez tossed 43 fastballs, nearly half of his pitches. The Twins were just 1-10 against the heater, which he threw for a strike 60% of the time.
Hopefully this new approach is something which continues to work for Gomez.
A few other notes on the game…
- Shin-Soo Choo’s RBI single in the 9th inning was his second go-ahead RBI in the 9th inning or later this season. Entering this year, he had just three such RBI in his career.
- Casey Kotchman hit his 3rd home run of the year and his first since April 15. All three home runs have come on the road.
- Since his blown save on opening day, Chris Perez is now 12-12 in save situations. And dating back to last season, Perez has converted 15 consecutive save opportunities on the road, the 5th longest streak in franchise history. Bob Wickman holds the team record with 35 straight road saves from 2000 to 2002.
- The Indians have now won four straight games which Carl Pavano has started against them. They’re 6-4 overall against Pavano since trading him to Minnesota in 2009.