Salazar settles after 2 innings, Three Takeaways from 3-1 Victory over Twins
On Monday, the Cleveland Indians began a 4-game series with the Minnesota Twins. The Tribe was going into the game at the bottom of the AL Central and was trailing the Detroit Tigers by 3 games.
The Indians sent out Danny Salazar to start off this 4-game series as the Twins sent Kyle Gibson to the hill.
Things got a little scary for fans in the 9th inning when the Twins had the bases loaded with two outs and Joe Mauer at the plate.
Here's our takeaways from the Indians 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
1.) Danny finds his Rhythm in Blues
Danny Salazar went through a rough first two innings in his start against the Minnesota Twins lineup this evening but after the first two innings he settled in.
The Twins started off the game threatening in the first inning of play where they loaded the bases but Salazar and the rest of the team managed to hold the Twins scoreless after the first frame.
The Twins scored first in the game in the 2nd inning when their first three batters reached base to start the inning and managed to score when Eddie Rosario hit an RBI single to center.
Salazar only gave up two hits following the first two innings of the game. Salazar went on to pitch 6 innings, gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, and gave up 1 earned run.
2.) Yan Gomes kind of Catches a break at the plate
Yan Gomes started off his day at the plate with a base hit in the third inning, which is a rarity at this time with Gomes in a slump.
In Gomes' next at-bat he put another ball in play which was declared an error on Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar but could have been a hit on another day.
The third at-bat of the day for Yan saw him get hit by an inside pitch.
In his final plate appearance of the night, Gomes grounded out to third base.
Gomes finished the day 1-3 at the plate but made 4 plate appearances and reached base 3 out of the 4 times.
Indians Live co-host, Jensen Lewis sent out the following tweet after the Gomes hit in the third inning.
3.) Indians Pen Shuts it Down
After a strong start by Danny Salazar, Bryan Shaw came in and did not give up a hit to the Twins and only needed 11 pitches to end the 7th inning.
Following Shaw, it was Miller Time. Andrew Miller came on to throw a hitless inning against the Twins but allowed a walk.
In the 9th inning Indians closer Cody Allen, came on looking to shut the door on the Twins lineup and come away with the save. With 2 outs in the final inning, the Twins were threatening once again with runners on second and third.
Allen walked Miguel Sano with two outs and had to face Joe Mauer with the bases loaded but Allen picked up his third save when Mauer flied out to Chisenhall.
Tomorrow the Indians will send Josh Tomlin to the hill and will be opposed by Twins Phil Hughes.
First Pitch: 8:10 pm