Friday night’s game between the Cleveland Indians and visiting Minnesota Twins was washed out after several innings by torrential rains that lingered over the northeast Ohio area for much of the night.
The contest will be replayed on Saturday afternoon in a 1:10 PM ET start as part of a day-night doubleheader.
The Twins jumped out to an early lead against the Indians’ Aaron Civale. Max Kepler started the day’s festivities with a slow roller to first that he was able to beat out. The next batter, Jorge Polanco, blasted the ball over the fence in right to put the Twins up by a two-spot.
In the bottom of the first, the Indians hustled their way to a pair of runs off of All-Star Jake Odorizzi. Francisco Lindor legged out a double on a ball to the gap. He scored on a single through short by Oscar Mercado. Carlos Santana flied to center, but Mercado aggressively tagged and moved to second on the play. He scored on a single by Yasiel Puig to tie the game at two.
After a scoreless second inning, the grounds crew brought out the tarp as winds picked up ahead of the loud and rainy storm that was coming through. After nearly two hours of delay, the plug was pulled on the key series between the top two clubs in the American League Central.
The cancellation could hurt the Twins more than the Tribe. Odorizzi, who has been one of the best arms on Minnesota’s staff this season, will not be able to pitch in the series, while the Indians lose the services of the rookie Civale. The Twins were already planning for a bullpen game on Saturday and will have to cover 18 innings of baseball on Saturday with their relief corps.
The Indians will send Mike Clevinger (11-2, 2.72 ERA) to the mound in the early game. They will go with an assortment of relievers for the late game.
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