It was cold, wet, and sparsely populated at Target Field in Minneapolis. And the Indians were only up by one, just barely hanging on to that precious lead. Cody Allen was on the mound, who had given up a walk-off the night before. At the plate was Joe Mauer who has killed the Indians for years, and was trying to deliver the Twins their third straight walk-off victory. Mauer laced a fastball to center, but Tyler Naquin ran it down. The Indians avoided a sweep in dramatic fashion.
Josh Tomlin started the game, and had his worst outing of the year. He gave up five runs (four earned) and had two throwing errors to first. Twins hitters were not fooled by Tomlin, but this should not worry Indians fans too much. He settled down after a rough first inning, and got the win. Jose Berrios had a better debut than what his stats would indicate. He gave up five earned over four innings, but showed promise. The Indians bullpen made things interesting as usual, especially Zach McAllister who had a huge bases-loaded strikeout to keep the lead.
Carlos Santana is a new man batting first. He was 3-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and he even swiped a bag. Francisco Lindor had a huge hit to get the Indians on the board, and had an important RBI ground out that also moved a runner to third. Jason Kipnis looked foolish in his first two at bats, but had an RBI double to tie the game in fifth. Tyler Naquin looks very solid in center and at the plate. The more I see him play, the more I fall in love with his game, and do not want to see him get sent down. The third baseman tonight, Jose Ramirez played a whale of a game being a vacuum at third, and having two hits. The Indians played good fundamental baseball getting runners on base, and having clutch hitting getting those runners in. The Tribe still needs to capitalize on opportunities to get insurance runs. Cleveland has an off day tomorrow, and then heads to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Phillies.