Even though the Indians are eliminated from playoff contention, losing games like this always stink.
On a cold and blustery October night, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen each struggled as the Twins battled back against the usually sturdy duo, erasing a strong finish to a turbulent 2015 campaign for Trevor Bauer (7 INN/2 H/1 ER/3 SO/3 BB). Bauer locked horns with Twins starter, Tyler Duffey (6.1 INN/6 H/2 ER/6 SO/1 BB), and the two young hurlers gave the sparse Progressive Field crowd a nice, old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.
The stiff winds wreaked havoc on both Michael Martinez and Abraham Almonte in the fourth inning, as the tricky elements fooled both outfielders, leading to doubles that were on catchable balls.
The way Bauer and Duffy were going, it seemed like that may have been all for the night.
Then in the seventh, Roberto Perez cut through the wind like a freshly-sharpened machete, ripping a line-drive to dead center to give the Tribe their first lead of the night.
And then it all fell apart.
Eduardo Escobar doubled off of a laboring Shaw, scoring Danny Santana, who walked in place of Kurt Suzuki. And then the Twins, no doubt still miffed by Jose Ramirez’ actions last night, surely enjoyed his gaffe that opened the door for the Twins to take the lead for good. A shaken Cody Allen would then spike a curve in front of the plate to allow the lead. Torii Hunter would tack on a sac-fly for the 4-2 score, and the Twins remain alive for the playoffs.
For the Indians, it felt like another familiar gut-punch. Something that you hope they will learn to minimize for next season.
W: Glen Perkins (3-5); L: Cody Allen (2-5); S: Kevin Jepsen (15)