Cleveland, Ohio – Opening every night for Shane Bieber.
In their second start of the season, the Indians defeated the Twins 2–0 at Target Field on the last 13 Thursday nights. It is hard to imagine that he was better on July 24, when he set an opening record for the Indians with 14 strikeouts in six explosive innings against Kansas City.
Bieber now has 27 strikes and is involved in his first two matches of the season in 14 innings. Terry Francona’s starting rotation as a full manager is 5–0 with a 1.53 ERA in the first seven games of the season. In those seven games, each starter has played six or more innings, while scoring two or fewer runs.
Strike Total for Tribe Rotation? There will be 67 punches in 47 innings.
Francisco Lindor supplied all the offense necessary with a two-run, two-out homer from Jose Berrios (0-1, 7.00) in the third inning.
Bieber (2-0, 0.00) allowed three hits. He retired the last seven men who did not face a single batsman. Bieber has batted one and allowed seven hits in two matches this season.
Rookie James Karinchak finished ninth to make his first major league save. Brad Hand, who lost Wednesday’s game in the ninth inning to Chicago, had pitched twice in the previous two games and was clearly not available.
The Indians took a 2–0 lead against the Twins on Lindor’s two-run homer in the third. Berrios opened the innings by putting Oscar Mercado in the center of a fly and dismissing Cesar Hernandez.
Jose Ramirez, who entered the game hitting .368 (7-for-19), sent the Barriers’ 1-2 pitch into right field for a single. Berrios also leaped ahead of Lindor, but with a 0-2 count he threw a fastball right into the middle and Lindor sent it over the wall at Wright Center for his second homer of the season.
The Indians had a chance for Berrios to finish sixth after the fifth inning. Frenmil Reyes and Bradley Zimmer reached the singles. Zimmer reached an infield single and finished second on a throwing error by first baseman Miguel Sano. The throw was so bad that Reyes scored, but he dropped to second base before remaining in third place.
Zac Littell, who started sixth, moved to load the bases with one out of Domingo Santana. Catcher Sandy Lyon sent a liner behind the mound. Littell closed it with his body, picked it up and began to play 1-2-3 to end the inning.
Another possible scoring chance disappeared in the sixth. Hernandez had a one-out walk with Ramirez and Lindor due to the bat. But Hernandez was unloaded first when he went back to standing first instead of diving. Sano tagged him at the helmet, but Hernández was originally said to be safe. The Twins challenged the call and it safely overturned the call.
With Ramirez taking a walk and Lindor sent the liner to right center end that Byron Buxton ran down.
Berrios gave up two runs on three hits over five innings. He scored six runs and took one run.
The Twins No. 1 starter entered the game with a 5–2 career record against the Indians. Including a 2–0 record in four last year.
The win gave Bieber a 4–0 career record against the twins.
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