Indians offense quiets Romo and Twins 6-3
BY ANDREW GUARINO
INDIANS BEAT WRITER
The Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Wednesday evening from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. With the win, the Indians took 2 of 3 from the Twins.
The Twins wasted little time getting the offense rolling. As lead off batter, Max Kepler took Mike Clevenger deep to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. It was not a good welcome back for Clevenger. Miguel Sano got a one-out double in the second inning and he came around to score on a LaMonte Wade single. In the third inning, the Indians took the lead when Jose Ramirez hit a three-run home run to right field, with Ramirez barely keeping the ball fair. His home run made it 3-2 Indians.
The lead lasted until the seventh inning. Oliver Perez was in the game to pitch for the Indians at this point. Ehire Adrianza doubled to lead off the inning. Alex Avila was next and he flied out to right fielder Tyler Naquin. Adrianza tagged up and went to third on the play. Jake Cave was next and he hit an RBI single to tie things up at three a piece.
For the second night in a row, the Twins' bullpen let the Indians take the lead. Sergio Romo came on to pitch the eighth inning for the Twins. Carlos Santana had a leadoff single to start the inning, followed by a walk to Franmil Reyes, then Tyler Naquin doubled to left field to score Santana and give the Indians a 4-3 lead. Greg Allen then hit a sac fly to score Reyes and extend the lead to 5-3.
Mike Clevenger's first start in 21 days went about as good as you could hope for. He went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, walking just one and striking out six.
Next up for Cleveland is a visit to the Gateway to the West to take on the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night with the first pitch slated for 8:10pm. The Indians will send Triston McKenzie to the hill; in his only start of the season, he went six innings, giving up one run on two hits, walking one and striking out ten against the Detroit Tigers. The Cardinals will send Daniel Ponce de Leon to the mound, who is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA on the season.
POSTED 08/26/2020 22:49