Bauer Roughed Up In Second Inning, Three Takeaways from Indians 5-0 Defeat
CLEVELAND, Ohio- On Friday night, the Cleveland Indians began a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins.
The Indians came into tonight's game winning 8 of their last 9 games played and went 7-1 on their recent road trip to Minnesota and Baltimore.
Going into Friday night's game the Cleveland Indians had a record of 39-32. The Twins sat at 36-34 and were 2.5 games behind the first place Indians.
Tonight, the Indians did not come out on the winning end of a 5-0 ballgame.
Following the loss, the Indians fall to 39-33 on the year. The Twins improve to 37-34 on the season and are only 1.5 games behind the Indians for first place in the AL Central.
Here's our three takeaways from the Indians 5-0 defeat.
1.) Bauer Beaten Up in the 2nd Inning
In the second inning of tonight's game, Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, underwent a difficult inning. Bauer gave up four of his 8 hits in that inning and allowed 4 earned runs.
Following Bauer's second inning he went on to allow only one more run in the ballgame which was an unearned run.
Following Brian Dozier's RBI double in the second inning, Bauer went on to retire the next eight batters.
Bauer falls to 3-1 this season in his four starts against the Minnesota Twins and holds a 3.81 ERA. On the season Bauer falls to 6-6 and now has a 5.53 ERA.
Bauer pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up 8 hits, allowed 4 earned runs (5 total), 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts.
2.) The Streaks Are Broken
Tonight the Indians bats were nearly silenced, which is strange after the week that had heading into the game.
The streaks of 11 straight games with a home run, 9 straight games with 5 or more runs scored, 9 straight games with 10 or more hits, and 12 straight games with 2 or more hits with runners in scoring position have all been snapped following tonight.
The Indians did not hit a homer tonight but came close when Lonnie Chisenhall hit a fly ball to left field in the second inning but was caught at the wall.
The team also had been shutout for the second time this season at home both times against the Twins and only managed to get 4 hits. Along with Chisenhall, Daniel Robertson, Edwin Encarnacion, and Bradley Zimmer contributed a hit tonight. Zimmer was the only Indian to hit a double.
Lastly, the Indians were 0-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base altogether.
3.) Twins Slowly Climbing When At Progressive Field
The Indians went into tonight's game with an 8-2 advantage this year when playing the Twins. The Indians while playing at home have only won 1 of the 3 games played up until tonight. When the Indians travel to Target Field in Minnesota, the team is yet to be defeated by the Twins out of 7 games.
Following the loss, the Indians have now lost 3 out of 4 games against the Twins when playing at home.
When the Indians travel to Target Field in Minnesota, the team is yet to be defeated by the Twins out of 7 games.
The Indians record at home now sits at 15-18. In 10 out of the 11 games played against each other, the visiting team has come out victorious.
When Cleveland plays away from Progressive Field team has a record of 24-15.
Tomorrow the Indians will be looking to bounce back and will send Corey Kluber to the hill and will be opposed by Kyle Gibson.
First pitch is expected to be at 4:10 PM EST.