Close but no cigar. We actually scored nine runs, and we did that at home. It was very nice to see the Indians bounce back after being sucker punched by the Twins especially after the trade earlier today. What was not nice to see was the Indians pitching, notably Cody Anderson. Anderson is not a strikeout pitcher, and needs to hit his spots perfectly to ensure weak contact. He by no means did that. His stat line was 2.2 IP, 6 ER. His ERA ballooned up to 4.31.
As for the Indians offensively, this was a sight for sore eyes. They shelled Mike Pelfrey who gave up 7 ER in just 3.2 IP. That tagged A.J. Atcher for two more, but had no more luck the rest of the way. Everyone except Jerry Sands had a hit in the lineup, with Lindor, Brantley, Gomes, Chisenhall, and Urshela having multiple knocks. The big hit for the Indians came off the bat of Yan Gomes who did something that is very rare for this bunch of ball players: Hitting a home run, hitting a home run with people on base, and driving in runs with two down.
While the Indians scored nine and it is tough to nitpick, they could have had more and did not execute where they should have. In the eighth, Tyler Holt tried to bunt the leadoff man over, but popped up to the pitcher. Something else that is worrisome for this ball club is the bullpen. The first four relievers following Anderson all gave up at least one run. Tomorrow the Indians try to bounce back against the Twins when they send Trevor Bauer (8-8, 3.98) to the hill against Ervin Santana (2-2, 3.98).