The Indians looked to continue to make up lost ground from their recent swoon against the Minnesota Twins in the first of a three game series in Minneapolis. The Indians sent rookie righty Danny Salazar to the mound to face a young lefty for the Twins, Andrew Albers.
Albers and Salazar locked heads in a young pitcher’s duel and even though Salazar did not pitch all that poorly Albers was that much better. He stymied Tribe bats through nine innings of shutout ball extending his scoreless innings streak to 17.1 innings and Salazar and defeating the Tribe, 3-0.
One team looked like a playoff team and the other looked like one of the lesser teams in baseball, making youthful mistakes.
However, it was the lowly Miami Marlins that played with fire and hustle Friday evening behind a splendid pitching effort by rookie, Jose Fernandez. The Indians instead looked lifeless and sloppy behind a poor pitching effort from Ubaldo Jimenez. The Indians may have had all the fight and spark and still fell to Fernandez who shutout the Tribe 10-0 on Friday evening. The embarrassing defeat snapped the Indians’ eight game winning streak.
If he’s as tough on left-handed hitters as he is on spelling bee contestants, the Indians have a good one.
The Cleveland Indians announced this afternoon that they acquired left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (zep-CHIN-skee) from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league infielder Juan Herrera.