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Cleveland 6, Twins 0: Who the hell is Scott Moss (simulated)

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Cleveland Indians Photo Day Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Mitch Garver C, Jorge Polanco SS, Max Kepler RF, Miguel Sano 1B, Jake Cave DH, Eddie Rosario LF, Marwin Gonzalez 3B, Ehire Adrianza 2B, Byron Buxton CF, Jake Odorizzi P

CLE: Greg Allen CF, Tyler Naquin RF, Francisco Lindor SS, Jose Ramirez 3B, Carlos Santana 1B, Cesar Hernandez 2B, Domingo Santana DH, Jordan Luplow LF, Roberto Perez C, Scott Moss P


Scott Moss is now 4-0 for the season with a 1.29 ERA. He held the Twins to three hits and no runs over 8.1 innings, and struck out ten. He’s basically Cleveland’s version of Devin Smeltzer.

Moss is a lefty, who was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 draft out of the University of Florida by the Reds. He was a part of the blockbuster trade last summer that sent Trevor Bauer to the NL and brought Yasiel Puig to Cleveland. He started 2019 with our old friends the Chatanooga Lookouts, and was assigned to the double-A Akron Ducks after the trade. He was promoted to the triple-A Columbus Clippers on August 16th, and made four triple-A starts. He ended up with a 2-1 record, and a 1.93 ERA at the highest level of the minors.

-End real life stats, back to fake ones-

Moss started the season in Triple-A again for Cleveland—no surprise. He was called up on May 2nd, replacing the injured Carlos Carrasco. At that time, he had pitched in two minor league games, and had a 3.47 ERA and a 1-1 record, going six innings in both games.

After he came up the majors though—look out! This was his third and best outing, but in his previous two games he held the Rangers to one run over 7.1 innings, and the Orioles to one run over 6.1 innings pitched.

Tonight he held the Twins entirely scoreless. That hasn’t happened much this season, with this offense. How dare some random rookie do it, especially against our biggest competition?

Jake Odorizzi was really good tonight too, to be fair. He threw 7.1 innings and held Cleveland to only two runs on three hits, while striking out five. His downfall was that two of those hits were dingers. Greg Allen had one in the bottom of the first. Carlos Santana got the other in the bottom of the second.

Trevor May gave up the rest the runs tonight, all coming in the bottom of the eighth inning. Tyler Naquin hit a two-out single. Francisco Lindor followed with a walk. Jose Ramirez hit a single that scored the lead runner and left two on, before Carlos Santana cleared the basepaths with his second home run of the evening. The Twins got a couple men on in the ninth, but that was all she wrote.

Notes

  • Prior to this game, Cleveland made a minor trade, shipping RHP Phil Maton and MiLB RHP Ethan Hankins to Cincinnati in exchange for LF Derek Dietrich and MiLB LHP Jacques Pucheu.
  • Tonight ended a 9-game scoring streak for Max Kepler

STUDS:

Jorge Polanco: 2-4
Miguel Sano: 2-4

DUDS:

Trevor May: 0.1 IP, 3 hits, 4 runs, BB, HR
Mitch Garver: 0-4, K
Max Kepler: 0-4, 2K
Jake Cave: 0-4, 4K
Eddie Rosario: 0-3, 2K
Ehire Adrianza: 0-3
Byron Buxton: 0-3, K

Tomorrow: The Twins come home to face Baltimore. First pitch is at 6:40 pm Central (Look for the recap around 10pm)

Standings:
MIN 28-19 —
CHW 26-21 2
CLE 27-22 2
DET 21-26 7
KCR 15-31 12 1/2