While you were spending your Sunday afternoon watching the Cavs pick up their first playoff victory, the Indians were busy getting embarrassed by the Twins’ Triple-A squad.
Twins rookie starter Trevor May, who entered with a 7.94 ERA in 10 career starts, allowed just four base runners and one run in six innings of work against the Tribe’s anemic lineup.
Meanwhile a lineup featuring the likes of Shane Robinson (3-4, 2 RBI) and Eduardo Escobar (1-4, RBI) rocked T.J. House for five runs in 5.2 innings and tacked on another two against former Twin Anthony Swarzak out of the pen.
With the loss, the Tribe has now lost six of their last eight—all within the division.
If the Indians don’t turn things around quickly, they could dig themselves quite a hole in the AL Central. Nine more games against the Central await, with a three-game series in Chicago up next, followed by three more at Detroit before finally heading home for a series with the Royals.
Other thoughts and notes…
- Carlos Santana belted career home run No. 100, becoming the 24th player in franchise history to reach the century mark.
- Torii Hunter hit his 32nd career home run against the Tribe. Since 2000, only Paul Konerko (47) and Miguel Cabrera (37) have hit more.
- Kluber, Bauer and Carrasco have completed six innings of work in six of seven starts (only Carrasco’s injury-shortened outing didn’t go six). But in four starts by their other starters, only one has gone six innings (Danny Salazar on Saturday).