The Indians may finally have their 1A behind Corey Kluber.
Trevor Bauer tossed seven scoreless innings against the Cubbies and now has a 2.51 ERA in his last seven starts.
While Bauer is still struggling with walks (21 in his last seven starts) he’s starting to become more efficient overall. In six of his last seven starts he’s pitched into the seventh inning, something which he did just once through his first six starts of the year.
In fact, Bauer has now completed seven innings in five of his last seven starts, equally his total from his first 40 starts in the big leagues.
While Bauer made himself the story of the night, the excitement entering the game surrounded Francisco Lindor, who made his first career start at shortstop.
Lindor went 2-5 on the night, including an RBI single in the 5th and later scored in the 9th inning on a Carlos Santana double.
If Lindor can produce from the two-spot in the order, the look of the Indians lineup is dramatically changed. Suddenly, the offense is formidable one through five, with Yan Gomes hopefully regaining his form and solidifying the sixth spot as well.
Other thoughts and notes…
- The Indians win was their first in Wrigley Field since 1998. They were swept in their only other trip to Wrigley since (in 2009).
- Santana become just the sixth player in franchise history to homer in Wrigley. Only Luis Valbuena has more than one (he hit three in the 2009 series – perhaps explaining why the Cubs employed his as their everyday third baseman for nearly three years).
- The Indians are now 10-5 in their last 15 road games (vs White Sox, Mariners, Royals, Tigers and Cubs)