Indians Eliminated Overnight After Splitting Doubleheader
Bob Toth | On 01, Oct 2015
Cleveland and Minnesota split their doubleheader on Wednesday, but it would not be enough to prolong the Indians’ playoff hopes any longer, as a late rally from the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners reduced the Tribe’s elimination number to zero.
So ends a season turnaround much too late for the Indians (78-79), who now may strive to take one last shot to ruin the Twins’ playoff hopes of their own on Thursday evening while aiming to end at or above the .500 mark. They have three games remaining over the weekend with the Boston Red Sox, who are winners of six straight.
The Twins won the first game Wednesday by a 7-1 tally. Joe Mauer homered with one out in the first and the first six batters reached in the fourth off of Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who would allow four to score and would not escape the inning. They added solo runs in the seventh and ninth. Cleveland scored their lone run on an RBI-single from Jason Kipnis with two outs in the seventh. Kyle Gibson earned the win.
At the brink of elimination, the Indians extended their stay for a few more hours with a 10-2 win in the second game. Mike Pelfrey would not make it out of the second after giving up four runs in the frame. Cleveland added an Adam Moore run-scoring single in the third, a two-run homer from Francisco Lindor in the fourth, and a three-run homer from Jose Ramirez in the eighth that incited the Twins bench after his animated bat flip, just two pitches after Ricky Nolasco intentionally walked Kipnis to bring the light-hitting Ramirez to the plate. Both Twins runs came off of the Tribe bullpen on solo homers from Miguel Sano in the eighth and Eddie Rosario in the ninth. Cody Anderson won his final start of the season.
W: C. Anderson (7-3)
L: M. Pelfrey (6-11)
HRs: F. Lindor (12, 4th inning off Brian Duensing, 1 on, 1 out); M. Sano (18, 8th inning off Zach McAllister, 0 on, 2 out); J. Ramirez (6, 8th inning off Nolasco, 2 on, 2 out); E. Rosario (13, 9th inning off Austin Adams, 0 on, 0 out)
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