Despite a shaky start from Carlos Carrasco, the Indians pulled away from the Twins late and cruised to a 9-3 win, extending theier win streak to six games. Since we have another game to get to in today’s double header, we’ll just quickly touch on a few notes from Game 1…
The only thing that really matters from this game is Jose Ramirez’s health. In the second inning he was hit by a pitch on the arm. Hopefully it’s just a bad bruise, but there’s obviously the risk of a broken bone which would likely knock him out for the remainder of the regular season, at a minimum. The Indians didn’t provide any updates during the game, so hold your breath.
The Indians pitching staff extended their MLB record with their 13th straight 10-strikeout game. It’s a cool record to have, I guess, but since they’re the third team this season to surpass the old record of eight games, it’s definitely a little less exciting. Odds are someone else will break the record again in the very near future.
Tyler Olson made another brief scoreless appearance in relief, becoming the fourth pitcher in franchise history with 10 consecutive scoreless outings to start his Tribe career. Fellow lefty specialist Ricardo Rincon holds the record at 17 games.
Kipnis went 3-5 and has looked surprisingly strong since returning from a few days off after tweaking his hamstring again. He’s been battling injuries all season, and it’s unlikely we’ll see a fully healthy version of Kipnis again until 2018. But it’s definitely exciting to see him start to battle through the injuries and produce a couple strong games in a row.