Player of the Game
Jason Kipnis did not win tonight’s Player of the Game, but he was close. Michael Brantley took tonight’s honors with a score of 2.51, which included a single and 2 RBI. Kipnis took second tonight with a score of 2.43, which included 2 singles, a stolen base, and 2 runs scored. Brantey’s PoG award gives him 3 for the season.
After trailing 4-0 after the first inning, the Indians offense slowly fought their way back. The Indians scored one run in 4 different innings to eventually tie the game in the 5th. The Indians scored all of their runs via singles and walks. Unfortunately, the offense could not score any more runs.
The White Sox finally lost tonight, snapping their 9 game winning streak.
Carlos Santana is not expected to return from his concussion until Tuesday. He was originally slotted to come back this weekend, but he is not quite ready to return from the head injury.
Josh Tomlin gave Minnesota the early lead. The Indians were down 4-0 before they even had the opportunity to bat in the 1st inning. After the first inning, Tomlin remained hittable, but was able to keep the Twins from scoring until the 6th inning, when he gave up a solo home run to Trevor Plouffe. Tomlin allowed 5 runs on 10 hits (9 of which were singles) in his 6 innings pitched.
With the Indians within 1 run, Tony Sipp came on to pitch in the 7th with hopes of keeping the game close. He gave up an infield single to the lead off hitter then gave up a home run to Joe Mauer. The 2 runs that Sipp gave up gave the Indians a 3 run disadvantage.
Play of the Game
Michael Brantley singles in the 5th inning, scoring Jason Kipnis to tie the game at 4.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Minnesota Twins 7