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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 23, 2021

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Game #140: Cleveland Indians (59-80) at Minnesota Twins (57-82)

By Mike Brandyberry

Saturday evening the Cole De Vries and the Minnesota Twins bullpen held the Indians’ offense silent, allowing only four hits and shutting out the Tribe 3-0. It was another game in a long season of offensive inconsistency and struggles.

Cleveland still has a chance to win the four game series at Target Field. The Indians won their first series since July earlier on this road trip in Detroit. The Tribe isn’t just trying to win the series, but trying to keep the Twinkies off their heels for last place in the American League Central Division. Both teams are battling through the final month of the season with a strong dose of Triple-A youth injected into the lineup.

Today, the Indians will send one of those youthful call ups to the mound in Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.79 ERA). Kluber makes his seventh start of the season since replacing Derek Lowe in the rotation in early August. He earned his first victory as a Major Leaguer on September 3rd against the Detroit Tigers. He threw six innings, allowing only two earned runs in a 3-2 Indians win. Kluber was in line to earn his first win on August 7 against the Twins when he allowed only one run over six innings, but the Tribe fell apart in the late innings, losing 7-5.

Minnesota will infuse their own youth into the game, making Kluber seem like a veteran, when Esmerling Vasquez (0-1, 7.94 ERA) to the center of the diamond. Vasquez makes his second career start after allowing five runs in five and two-third innings against the Kansas City Royals on September 1. Vasquez was acquired a year ago off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was used solely as a reliever in Arizona, but the Twins believe he can be effective in the rotation.

Lonnie Chisenhall has been activated from the 60-day disabled list. Chisenhall had been sidelined since June 29 when he fractured his ulna bone when he was hit by a pitch from Jake Arrieta. He’s split time between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus and just completed a three game rehabilitation stint with Double-A Akron. Josh Tomlin was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day to make room for Chisenhall on the 40-man roster

Today’s game begins at 2:10 pm ET from Target Field and can be seen on SportsTime Ohio or heard on the Indians Radio Network.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4. Michael Brantley, CF
5. Carlos Santana, 1B
6. Russ Canzler, LF
7. Brent Lillibridge, SS
8. Jason Donald, 3B
9. Lou Marson, C

Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Chris Parmelee, RF
7. Darin Mastroianni, LF
8. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sancya

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