Player of the Game
Jason Kipnis still leads the team in Player of the Game wins, but has been kept away from the award for almost 20 games. He earned it tonight, however, with a two run home run of his own after scoring on Carlos Santana's two run shot. Kipnis also walked later in the game. The only time he was out all night was on an amazing diving play from Brian Dozier that should have been an RBI single. His final POG score was 5.62, with Zach McAllister (4.87), Carlos Santana (4.45), Nick Swisher (3.73) all falling slightly behind, but deserving of recognition.
The Indians found some power they have been missing for awhile now as both Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis hit two run home runs early in the game. For Kipnis, success against Minnesota is nothing new as he had already knocked in 18 runs against the Twins before tonight's game.
Already holding a 4-1 lead, the fifth inning was huge for the Indians to put the game away. Nick Swisher hit a two run double with Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn racing to score from first and second and Michael Brantley knocked Swisher in with an RBI single. The seven runs total were more than enough to back up McAllister, who was stellar.
Zach McAllister impressed for his third straight start in a row, earning his third straight win. With a little run support, things may seem easier for the starting pitcher, but McAllister did not slack as he allowed just four hits through 7.1 innings. He kept the Twins to two runs, one of which came on a solo home run in the 8th inning that prompted his removal. In his last three starts he has thrown at least six innings in each game and allowed just four runs combined.
Scoreboard Watch: Things didn't fare very well for the Tribe today outside of their own game. The Tigers outhit the Mets 14-3 on their way to winning the game and series. They will play for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Oakland won as well, splitting their first two games with the Orioles.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 7 – Minnesota Twins 2