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Indians 6, Twins 2: Tribe walk away with win

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Balks, walks and chalk talk

Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins
There were lots of fly outs too
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

It was a different kind of pitchers duel. Neither pitcher gave up a hit until the 4th inning. in the top half, Ervin Santana gave up a couple of singles but got out with no damage done. In the bottom of the inning, the Twins strung together a double, a single and a walk to load up the bases. Then it looked like Trevor Bauer forgot to let go of the ball as he almost tripped and balked in a Twins run. After that, Jorge Polanco hit a sac fly to make it 2-0 Twins.

The Indians got a run back with two doubles in the 5th, the second one to right field by Carlos Santana to score Abraham Almonte from second base.

Ervin pitched a good, full six innings and after 113 pitches, he was done. Tyler Duffey came in in the 7th and all heck broke loose for the Twins. Duffey got one batter out on a foul tip, but gave up two hits and left runners on first and second for Taylor Rogers. Rogers gave up an RBI double to Carlos Santana to tie the game up. After an intentional walk to Francisco Lindor to load the bases. Unfortunately, Rogers then unintentionally walked Michael Brantley to walk in another run. Matt Belisle came in to walk in another run to give the Indians a two-run lead.

Twins gave up two more runs in the 9th. A walk and a steal followed by back-to-back RBI doubles by Lonnie Chisenhall and Yan Gomes given up by Craig Breslow gave the Indians a four-run lead they wouldn’t give up as the Twins went quietly in the bottom of the 9th.

None of the plays videos were link-able yet so here’s a link to the video page

W: Bauer (1-2) 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

L: Duffey (0-1)

Santana, E., (3-0) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

  • Paul Molitor got ejected arguing about the strike zone in the 9th inning
  • Joe Mauer got his first XBH of the season
  • The Twins dropped below .500 for the first time this season

STUDS:

Santana, E., 6 solid innings and a quality start

Max Kepler, 2 for 4, R, 2B

Duds:

The bullpen, gross.

Jason Castro, 0 for 3, 3 K

ROBOT ROLL CALL!

Comment of the Gamethread: Chick pic by MNWildcat