Don’t you love those games when your team can’t stop hitting the ball and can’t stop scoring runs? Maybe there’s a young guy, a rookie even, who hits like three home runs, and another young player who hits not one but two triples? And don’t you love it when the opposing team’s pitcher, who’s 11-3 with a sub-3.0 ERA, just tanks and is pulled in the 3rd inning? And don’t you love it when your rookie pitcher, who had a bloated 10.20 ERA going into the game, gives up 3 runs in the first inning and then retires 13 batters in a row?
Yeah, I love games like that too. And I could have had all that and more on Monday night if I were a Twins fan. But I’m not. I’m a Tribe fan, which means I had to see my guys spend most of the game getting slammed. Danny Salazar continues to have trouble on the mound. He was pulled in the 3rd inning having given up 6 earned runs (including 3 home runs) and 2 walks with just 3 strikeouts. It was his shortest career start.
Up until the fateful 3rd inning, it was a close game. Max Kepler put the Twins ahead 2-0 with a 1st inning home run, but the Indians answered back with 3 runs. Eddie Rosario tied it up with a solo shot in the 2nd, then came the 3rd inning. Oh my, the 3rd inning. Kepler hit his second two-run homer of the night. This was followed by a single, a walk, and then the first of Jorge Polanco’s two triples for the night, making the score 8-3.
The Twins slapped on two more runs in the 6th and 8th, respectively. The recently acquired Andrew Miller made his first appearance in an Indians’ uniform, facing two batters in the 8th. He gave up a solo home run to Joe Mauer. It was that kind of night.
Mike Napoli hit a two-run dinger in the 8th to make the score a slightly more respectable 12-5, however, the Indians were still crushed by a team that was 21 games behind them in the standings. That is such a Cleveland thing to do.