The Cleveland Indians wild card hopes are hanging by a thread but are not eliminated just yet. The Indians split of a traditional doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday at Progressive Field keeps them mathematically alive for the final wild card spot in the American League but barely. The split puts a dent in the Twins chances as well. Minnesota dominated game one 7-1. Cleveland controlled game two 10-2.
Kyle Gibson controlled the Indians offense in his six innings of work. Gibson didn’t allow a run, only surrendered four hits with two walks and nine strike outs. Gibson improved his record to .500 at 11-11. On the flip side, Carlos Carrasco didn’t have his best stuff following his complete game one hitter, 15 strike out performance last Friday in Kansas City. Carrasco only pitched three plus innings allowing five earned runs on five hits with five strike outs and two walks in his final start of the season. Carrasco suffered his 12th loss of the year and finishes the season with a 14-12 record.
Joe Mauer got the Twins on the board in the top of the first inning with a solo home run, his tenth of the season to make it 1-0. Mauer had two hits, two runs scored and an rbi in the Twins game one win. Minnesota put the game away in the fourth inning by putting four runs on the board. Torii Hunter had the key at bat in the inning with a bases clearing double with no outs off Carrasco to make the game 5-0 and end the day for Carrasco.
Minnesota would add single runs in the seventh and ninth innings. Jason Kipnis would drive in the only Indians run of game one with an rbi single to right to bring in Jerry Sands in the seventh inning.
Game two was a complete opposite of game one as the Indians had their offense rolling and the Twins could do anything offensively off of Cody Anderson. The Indians offense scored seven runs in the second, third and fourth innings off of three Minnesota pitchers and never looked back.
The Indians knocked out starter Mike Pelfrey in the second inning. The tribe put a four spot on the board Michael Martinez, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana had rbi hits in the inning giving the Indians their 4-0 lead. All four runs were charged to Pelfrey who falls to 6-11 on the season.
Anderson on the other hand had excellent stuff for the tribe. Anderson goes seven scoreless innings giving up just two hits with four walks and a pair of strike outs.
Francisco Lindor continues to make his case for the American League Rookie of the Year award. Lindor had two hits, scored two runs, drove in a pair and hit his 12th home run of the season, ten of those coming since the All-Star Break. Abraham Almonte had three hits in game two with two runs scored. Ramirez add a pair of hits including his sixth home run of the season in the eighth inning.
Minnesota’s runs came off the Indians bullpen. Miguel Sano would hit a solo home run off Zach McAllister in the eighth inning. Eddie Rosario would hit a solo home run off Austin Adams in the ninth inning.