The Indians wrapped up their three-game series at Target Field with a 3-1 loss to the host Minnesota Twins, managing just one run against spot starter Anthony Swarzak.
The right-hander got the start for the Twins in place of originally-scheduled right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was scratched from his start late Tuesday night while suffering from lower back soreness.
The Indians opened the afternoon’s scoring in the third inning. David Murphy led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Roberto Perez and scored with two outs on newcomer Jose Ramirez’s double.
In addition to his bunting prowess, the rookie Perez also threw out a pair of runners at second base. When Perez teaming up with second baseman Jason Kipnis to nab the first runner of the game in Sam Fuld in the first inning didn't seem to serve enough warning about trying to run on him, his throw to catch Twins speedster Danny Sanatna with one out in the seventh did the trick.To read more or comment...
Here are today’s starting lineups for the Indians and Twins 1:05 pm game at Target Field – the final game of the three-game series.
2B Jason Kipnis
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Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians 8-2 victory over the host Twins in the second game of a three-game series at Target Field.
Danny Salazar is back with the Indians after a two-month stint in the minors and was effective enough in his first start with the tribe to pitch five innings and earn the win. But even in limiting the Twins to a fourth-inning run, the right-hander didn’t really seem like the dominating pitcher he was last year when he burst on the scene as a rookie.
“I thought he threw more breaking balls,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “But he left a couple (balls) over the plate, a couple up (in the strike zone). But that was more of the stuff that we had come to appreciate last year.”
Still, Salazar worked in and out of trouble in all but one inning – his final in which he sat down the side in order. In the four previous frames he worked with runners on base – including a big early test when he issued three consecutive walks to load the bases – with no outs.To read more or comment...
For all the trouble Danny Salazar tiptoed in and out of in his return to the Indians starting rotation Tuesday against the Twins at Target Field, the right-hander showed plenty of poise extracting himself without much harm each time.
Despite walking the bases loaded in the second inning, Salazar went on to limit the host to a run on six hits and three walks over five-plus innings of the Indians 8-2 victory. He also struck out six batters – three of which came in the second to strand the bases loaded - and threw 63 of his 92 pitches for strikes.
But even with Salazar’s gutsy performance in the win, the fact that he labored through five innings with base runners in all save for his final inning indicated the kid who shined in his major league debut last season isn’t quite back to form yet – even after a two-month primer in the minors.
Yet, it certainly helped Salazar to have some early run support to work with after the Indians offense staked him to a three-run lead in the second inning. Against Twins starter Yohan Pino, the Tribe’s batsmen quickly loaded the bases with no outs, all three eventually coming around to score.To read more or comment...