Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis both hit two-run home runs while Zach McAllister pitched 7.1 innings of two-run baseball as the Indians surged past the Twins 7-2 to even the series at 1-1.
It started in the first inning with a one-out blast by Carlos Santana deep into the right field bleachers to put the Tribe up 2-0. It was Carlos Santana’s 15th home run of the season, and his 4th home run in the past two weeks.
Jason Kipnis continued the offensive barrage with his own two-run home run in the third inning off Twins starter Liam Hendriks (0-2, 6.20 ERA). Whereas Santana’s home run went deep into the seats in right (420 feet), Kipnis’ homer barely cleared the opposing bullpen wall in right field, coming in at 348 feet. That home run was Kipnis’ 16th of the season, and his 5th career home run against the Twins.
Nick Swisher helped vanquish Liam Hendriks from the game with his own two-run extra-base hit in the fifth inning, a double into deep right center field to put the Indians ahead 6-1. Swisher has been significantly better at home this season, posting a .811 OPS at Progressive Field versus a .690 OPS on the road. Swisher had come into Saturday’s game batting 4-43 (.093) against the Twins this season.
Michael Brantley finished the Indians scoring for the night in the fifth with a one-out single to left that put the Indians up 7-1. That single broke Michael Brantley’s 0-22 hitting slump.
Altogether, recently recalled Twins starter Liam Hendriks was ineffective, going 4.1 innings surrendering seven hits, seven earned runs, one walk while tallying zero strikeouts. Hendriks’ only career win had come at Progressive Field last season.
As for the Indians’ pitching on Saturday night, it was superb. Zach McAllister pitched 7.1 innings, allowing only four hits and two earned runs while striking out five. The only two runs that McAllister allowed were off the bat of Brian Dozier. Dozier sacrificed flied in the third inning and homered off McAllister in the 8th. After Saturday night’s win, Zach McAllister is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in his last three starts.
Bryan Shaw finished the eighth inning and Scrabble worked the ninth without allowing a run.
W – Zach McAllister (7-7)
L – Liam Hendriks (0-2)
A – 26,870