It seems like the same tropes were repeated tonight as the Indians fell 4-1 to the Minnesota Twins.
Once again, the feeble Tribe offense made a no-name pitcher, in this case Tyler Duffey, look all but unhittable. The Indians were lucky Duffey only went six innings, but the offense looked similarly perplexed against relievers Casey Fien and Kevin Jepsen.
Another repetitive storyline haunted Josh Tomlin in the fifth inning. Eddie Rosario and Chris Herrmann homered back-to-back, with both bombs landing in the right field stands. In the sixth, a Twins rally was killed after a Francisco Lindor diving stop began an impressive 6-4-3 double play. Overall, Tomlin was solid, but homer prone, which is nothing new. Maybe the Indians have found a more reliable option to fill the starting rotation’s final slot.
Midway through the seventh, it looked like the Indians would have a shot to tie up the game in the ninth as the Indians trailed 2-0. Bryan Shaw looked ineffective and gave up a two-run home run to Brian Dozier, doubling the deficit and putting the game out of reach.
The Indians offense showed signs of life in the ninth against Twins closer Glen Perkins, as Carlos Santana doubled and Roberto Perez brought him home on a hard single off the right field wall. Perkins hadn’t pitched in a few days and did not look 100 percent, but a four-run cushion was still more than enough for him.
The Indians have played well recently, but the offense cannot get behind starters, as it mustered up just four hits tonight. Two of those were by Lindor, whose demeanor and constant hustle were exemplified tonight on both sides of the baseball. If only his teammates could carry themselves the same way on a daily basis.
Games like tonight are a reminder why the Indians are in last place and why they will have a tough time getting out of the cellar over the last 47 games.