Indians Take Second Straight From Twins 11-4: Three Takeaways From the Win
The Tribe has found success on the road the last two nights against AL Central opponent the Minnesota Twins, and while Monday it was the pitching that was the story, the 9-4 win on Tuesday was highlighted by the teams' offense.
Cleveland put up 11 runs on 12 hits, and got contributions from some of their big bats in the lineup including Jose Ramirez, Frankie Lindor and even a late blast from Edwin Encarnacion.
Josh Tomlin threw well enough to earn his first win of the season after two forgettable starts, and overall the Tribe looks to be getting some momentum back as they have won three of their last four after losing four of six on their first homestand of 2017.
Here's three takeaways from the win that puts the Indians now at 7-7 on the year, dropping the Twins to 7-7 as well.
1. Having Fun at the Plate
The Indians seemed to be taking batting practice on the Twins on Tuesday, as four Indians each had a pair of hits, and overall they had 12 base smacks on the night.
The top three in the order, Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley each had two hits, and overall were 6-for-14 with five runs scored and three RBI.
Fans were disappointed during the six-game homestand that other than Saturday the team really never got going on offense, but Tuesday night they again showed that they have the offensive firepower to be a dominant team in the American League on any given night.
2. Tomlin Turns a Corner?
Things didn't start so well for Josh Tomlin, much like Monday when Danny Salazar seemed to struggle early. But, like Salazar, Tomlin turned it around and ended up with a good night on the mound enough to earn his first win of 2017.
He allowed two Twins runs in the first after the Indians took a 3-0 lead, but then settled in, and allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Sure his ERA is still 11.68, but that's way better than the over 18 it was after two lousy starts against the Diamondbacks and White Sox.
Tomlin lasted 85 pitched on the night, throwing 55 strikes, and his ability to get in six helped the team effectively use the pen again as the offense took care of the rest scoring nine runs in the win.
3. The Frankie and Jose Show
The Indians offense clearly after 14 games of 2017 has been paced by a pair of young players expected to have a huge impact on the team this season and beyond - that being SS Francisco Lindor and (for now) 2B Jose Ramirez.
Tuesday again saw each come up with some big hits, as Ramirez slammed a two-run homer in the 4th inning, his 4th of the year, and that gave the Indians a 5-2 advantage after the Twins closed it to 3-2 after one inning.
Ramirez has been nothing short of spectacular, better than just about anyone could have expected. He's hitting .365 after going 2-for-5 on the night with two RBI.
Already up 7-3 in the 6th, Lindor put the game pretty much out of reach with a triple to center to score Abraham Almonte and Carlos Santana to make it a 9-3 game.
Lindor went 2-for-5 and he's off to a huge start hitting .351 on the young season.