Just twenty-four hours after nearly being no-hit by a relatively unknown journeyman from the prairie province of Saskatchewan, the Tribe bounced back with a workmanlike 5-2 win over the Twins.
Zach McAllister (6 INN/4 H/2 R (1 ER)/7 SO/1BB) rebounded from his tough appearance against Detroit to pace the Indians as they try to get back on the horse to mount another charge back into the postseason picture.
After the Twins seemed to get every break imaginable on Monday, the Indians were able to find some grass–and some bleachers–as they made a shaky Samuel Deduno (6 INN/5 H/5 R (4 ER)/4 SO/3 BB) work. Mr. Everything, Ryan Raburn provided the big blow with a two-run shot, his 14th of the season, while Yan Gomes also had a big day, going 2-for-4 with a double. Both guys are continuing to make it hard to justify not playing them everyday when the struggles of Asdrubal Cabrera, Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana are taken into consideration. Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis each chipped in an RBI, with Kipnis’ ultimately being the game-winner.
Cody Allen, Joe Smith and Chris Perez each worked an inning of nearly perfect relief to get back onto the winning side of things with a chance to win the first leg of this crucial roadtrip.
To make the evening better for the Tribe, the Tigers, Rays, Orioles, Rangers, Royals and Athletics all lost. They now sit (just?) six games behind Detroit and just 3.5 games behind Tampa Bay in the Wild Card chase.
In tomorrow’s rubber match, Carlos Carrasco will go for the Tribe against the Twins rookie, Kyle Gibson.
W: Zach McAllister (5-7); L: Samuel Deduno (7-6); S: Chris Perez (19)