The Cleveland Indians took the season series from the Minnesota Twins this afternoon by picking up a nice 5-3 victory. Here is what stood out from the win.
Today was a great day to sit in front of the computer and watch the Cleveland Indians play exclusively on Facebook. This must stop.
Ridiculous broadcasting choice aside, it was also a great day as the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins by the score of 5-3. That means after some struggles, the Indians conquered the Twins to take the season series. It came close at 10-9.
Let’s take a look at what stood out from this one.
A big hit for Kipnis
Jason Kipnis has not had a great season. But if you only focus on the past four games then you would think he is back to his old ways.
Kipnis had two hits in this win, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth that was the ultimate difference in the game. It capped off a huge four-run inning for the Indians.
The veteran now has nine total hits in his last four games and had five in this series, raising his average to .229. Though that is still an ugly number.
If Jose Ramirez isn’t moving from third that likely means Kipnis is locked in at second for the remainder of the season. Hopefully this series is a sign that he is heating up at the end of the season.
Clevinger’s great month of August
Mike Clevinger took the mound today and quickly demoralized the Twins lineup. He ended the day after 6.1 innings of two-run baseball. He struck out nine and walked one.
The win made Clevinger a perfect 3-0 in the month of August. The team went 4-2 in the month when he started.
He only allowed nine earned runs in 30 innings of work and never allowed more than three runs in a single start. Clevinger may not be in the postseason rotation for a five-game series, but he is sure making a case to get some innings in either out of the bullpen or as a starter in a seven-game series.
Let’s not boo our own players
Cody Allen came on to finish the eighth inning and did so without allowing a run. He didn’t throw a strike every single pitch and even walked a batter which meant those who don’t quite understand baseball were booing him as he was on the mound.
So let me get this straight. Allen gets out of the inning without allowing a run but we are booing him after a walk? That is just so dumb I can barely handle the concept.
Funny enough, Brad Hand came in to close out the game in the ninth. He allowed a home run and had the tying run come to the plate. If that was Allen, some “fans” may have actually had a heart attack from carrying so much unnecessary anger.
Leave the hate at home and enjoy the fact the Indians are cruising to another division title. The clinching date got closer after this win over the Twins.