The Cleveland Indians were pleasantly surprised along with every Indians fan across the country with the way Danny Salazar pitched today. Salazar came up from triple A Columbus and he made a fantastic Major League debut.
Salazar stuck out 5 of the first 6 batters he faced in the Toronto line-up. That is not an easy task. He held the Blue Jays scoreless for 5 innings and he only gave up 1 run on 2 hits and he walked one batter.
This was a surprised to not only the Indians brass, but the fans were shocked to see a performance like this come out of a guy the Tribe has had down in Columbus. Salazar pitched like a season veteran, helping the Indians get a much-needed win to stay in the race in the American League Central.
Now the problem is, what do the Indians do with this guy? They are sending him back down to Columbus to keep working with the All-Star break approaching. The Indians have to consider bringing him back to the major league level. He is just too good not to.
The Indians jumped into an early lead when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a home run in the first inning. Salazar held the lead until the 6th when he gave up a double to Jose Bautista. it was the only real damage Salazar gave up in his first Major League Game.
Cleveland would score 2 more runs in the 6th when Chisenhall singled to left and the Blue Jays forgot to handle the baseball. The hit drove in Michael Brantley and then the Blue Jays committed a throwing error allowing another run to score.
The Indians scored their last run in the game when Carlos Santana hit a triple to deep right that drove in Stubbs. The Indians got a solid start from a guy who made his big-league debut today and the offense lit it up behind him too.
The Tribe takes the game from the Blue Jays 4-2 today.
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