The Cleveland Indians were able to come from behind in Minnesota to force the game into extra innings. They battled in this one for 12 innings. Cleveland started Carlos Carrasco who is still searching for a form that would keep him in the major leagues.
He didn't find it in this game. Carrasco pitched for 4-1/3 innings and he had a terrible outing. He gave up 10 hits and 4 runs to the Twins. 2 of those runs came in the first inning. The Indians were trailing after 1 and they had to play come from behind baseball for most of the day.
Cleveland's bull-pen didn't do well either. Rich Hill came in, and he gave up 2 runs on 2 hits. The Indians would use 7 pitchers in the game and Perez gave up a home run ball that would tie the game at 8.
The Indians bull pen is not the same bull pen we have seen in years past. Something has to change if the bull pen is going to be effective down the road. The Tribe has to be looking for a new set up man and a closer.
Good thing the Indians offense was able to produce throughout the game. It started with the old guy Jason Giambi showing the team's youth how to get things done. He hit a home run in the 8th that would score 3 runs to tie the game at 7.
Where would the Indians be this season without the leadership of Giambi? He has performed pretty well for a guy in his 40's. This was a total offense win for the Indians, the team played as a team offensively and it was a total effort.
Santana hit a home run. It was Michael Brantley who drove in the winning run in the 12th inning. Brantley was at the plate with an 0-2 count before driving the winning run in. Brantley is one of the most consistent players on the team. The Indians need to sign this guy to a long term deal.....
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