CLEVELAND, Ohio- On Tuesday evening, the Cleveland Indians took on the Minnesota Twins in what was game one of a three-game series concluding on Thursday afternoon.
The Cleveland Indians are coming off of a weekend series against the Kansas City Royals where they dropped two of three games, but still, hold a 13 game lead over the Twins.
Heading into Tuesday evening’s match up the Indians came in with a record of 74-56. The Twins came in with a record of 61-69.
Following the Indians 8-1 victory over the Twins, the Indians advance to 75-56 on the season. As the Twins fall to 61-70 on the year.
Here’s our three takeaways from the Indians 8-1 victory.
1.) Carlos Carrasco Bounces Back against Minnesota
Early on in August, the Indians sent Carlos Carrasco to the hill against the Minnesota Twins and the Twins jumped on Carrasco getting 10 hits against the starting pitcher. The Twins scored 3 runs that night and Carrasco only managed 8 strikeouts.
Tonight was a different story though compared to his start earlier this month. Carlos Carrasco pitched in 7.2 innings, only gave up 4 hits, walked 2 batters, and struck out 11 Twins hitters.
Cookie now has 20 career starts with 10+ strikeouts and five starts of 10 or more strikeouts this season. Carrasco ranks 6th all-time on the Indians franchise leaderboard in games of 10+ strikeouts.
2.) Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley set the tone
The Cleveland Indians had a fantastic night out of shortstop Francisco Lindor getting a 4-5 performance, which ties his single game career-high (which has been done five times).
The Indians left fielder Michael Brantley had a night as well, Brantley went 3-5, and had his 42nd multi-hit game this season and 24th multi-hit game at Progressive Field.
This year Brantley is loving playing at Progressive Field regularly, having a batting average of .340 and has the 6th best home batting average in the American League.
Lindor and Brantley finished the night going 7-10 combined which is a welcoming sight to see always.
3.) Beat Up on Divisional Foes
The Cleveland Indians have won 11 of their last 12 games against divisional opponents at home. Cleveland also improves to 39-19 (.672) vs the AL Central this season.
The Indians have the 2nd best divisional win percentage behind the Boston Red Sox (45-19 with a .703)
Coming into the season the Indians had no excuses as to why they couldn't beat their divisional opponents and they have shown that this season.
The Indians will be looking to make it two in a row against the Twins on Wednesday night and will send Adam Plutko to the hill and will be opposed by Kohl Stewart. First pitch is expected to be at 7:10 pm.