The Cleveland Indians couldn’t complete the sweep over the Minnesota Twins today and their winning streak came to an end at 6. The Tribe falls back to .500 after losing to the Twins 4-2. It wasn’t as though the Indians weren’t going to make it interesting. Carlos Santana, came to the plate with 2 outs in the 9th and hit his 6th home run of the year to make it 4-2 Twins. Then Ryan Raburn was able to get his second hit of the game, which brought the tying run to the plate.
Terry Francona pulled Lonnie Chisenhall, in favor of sending Mike Aviles to the plate as a pinch hitter. Aviles battled Twins closer, Glen Perkins. He fouled off several pitches before sending one down the third base line that ended up just foul and out of reach of Twins left fielder, Josh Willingham.
Mike Aviles was still alive and the Indians still had a chance to get at the very least, another base runner. Then it happened. Aviles struck out to end the game. With the loss the tribe falls back to .500 at 14-14.
The Indians offense couldn’t get much going today against the Twins. Jason Kipnis forgot he found a way out of his slump and he went 0 for 4 today. Nick Swisher who returned to the line-up yesterday as the Tribes D.H. went 0 for 4 today in the D.H. position.
The guy who really surprised me today by not getting a hit, was Michael Brantley who went 0 for 4. Brantley usually finds a way to get something going offensively. Indians pitching allowed the Twins to get 6 hits in the game. Kluber got the start for Cleveland and he just wasn’t able to dominate.
He gave up 5 hits and 3 of the 4 run total, the Twins scored. The other run the Twins scored was charged to Matt Albers, who was working out of the Tribes bull-pen. The Indians then let Scott Barnes work 2 innings of relief. He pitched sensational, not allowing any hits and striking out 4.
If Barnes can continue to pitch the way he did today he is going to be a huge help to Francona and his Indians this season. Well, the Indians lost and now it is time to move on and start another winning streak. That is all there is to it.
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