The way the season started for the Cleveland Indians, the fans had to be worried. Now, the Indians have the longest winning streak in all of Major League Baseball. What a difference a couple of weeks make,. Yesterday the Indians took game 2 of the 3 game series against the Minnesota Twins. The Indians sent, Scott Kazmir to the mound who earned his first major league win in 3 seasons.
Kazmir pitched for 6 innings giving up 5 hits and 2 earned runs. He struck out 7 and walked only one hitter. It is great to see Kazmir starting to help the Cleveland Indians with their starting pitching. The main concern for the Indians coming into the 2013 season was the starting pitching staff, and many have to be pleasantly surprised with what they are seeing from Francona’s rotation thus far.
The Indians offense put 7 runs on the board. It was great to see Nick Swisher return to the lineup after missing time with a shoulder injury. It looks like we don’t have to worry much about his shoulder, Swisher hit a home run in the first inning,ending speculation that his should injury would stop him from swinging the bat well.
The guy Indians fans were most concerned about this season , had to be Jason Kipnis. Kipnis was in a major league slump and some people including myself were thinking he needed some time down in triple A Columbus. How nice is it to find out we were all wrong about the Indians star second baseman.
Kipnis is finally finding the swing fans fell in love with. It was Kipnis who started the Tribes scoring in game 2 against the Twins. He started things off with a home run to right – center, that traveled 399 feet. Kipnis went 3 for 4 in the game and had 2 RBI’s.
If Kipnis can continue to swing the bat they way he has this weekend, his contribution to the Indians will be worth his weight in gold. It is great to see Kipnis find what ever it was he was missing. Lets hope the kid can continue to perform the way he is capable of. The guy should be an All-Star if he can keep it up.
The Indians will be looking for the sweep today against the Twins. They won yesterday 7-3 and with a win today they can extend their win streak to 7 games in a row. Terry Francona’s Indians are now one game above .500 at 14-13 and are still 2-1/2 games back of the Tigers in the A.L. Central.
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