Cleveland Indians Miss Opportunity to Close Gap In AL Central

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Indians lose series to Twins, remain in last place


A hot start out of the gate, including a Cleveland Indians‘ offense we had not seen all year–many we’re believing that this season wasn’t a lost cause. The AL Wild Card was still in view and the solid start gave the Indians hope. But two losses over the weekend to the Minnesota Twins that saw the return of the inept Cleveland offense shows the streak may have been more “flash in the pan” than anything. 

Carlos Carrasco battled through seven innings, allowing just two runs on a Kurt Suzuki two-run double. But that was all Twins’ starter Tommy Milone needed as he shut the Tribe bats down for five innings while the bullpen did the same as the Twins won 4-1.

Abraham Almonte‘s sacrifice fly in the second was all the offense they could muster on just six hits. With the White Sox finally ending the Cubs nine-game win streak, the Tribe fell to 16 games back and 1 1/2 behind the Sox.

Chris Johnson missed his second consecutive game after what he believes was a spider bite at the team’s hotel. Johnson woke up with a small mark on his hand on Saturday and was treated at the stadium. By Sunday, his hand was swollen and he went to a Minneapolis hospital for treatment. He could miss more time as he heals, as this is truly a case of being bit by the injury bug.

These stories and more that you might have missed:

‘Milone, pen lead Twins to win over Tribe’ – MLB.com

‘Indians’ Johnson believes he was bitten by spider’ – ESPN.com

‘Bourn and Swisher deals bad–but it could have been worse with Masterson’ – Cleveland.com

‘Epic wiffle ball home run robbery’ – MLB Baseball

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