Here's to a great week Tribe fans!
Indians 4, Yankees 3
The player of the game goes to shortstop Francisco Lindor, who's go-ahead home run in the eighth inning was a thing of immense beauty. Lindor finished with three hits and has been better than advertised at the plate (especially over the last month). Carlos Santana also homered for the Tribe.
Trevor Bauer walked six batters, but allowed just one run. Closer Cody Allen got another four-out save, his sixth of the year, which leads the league. With the win, the Indians improve to 58-65.
While the Yankees are extremely popular in Puerto Rico, Lindor actually grew up a Red Sox fan. From Meisel:
So, then, did Lindor have dreams of one day slugging a game-winning home run at Yankee Stadium to top the franchise known to its adversaries as "The Evil Empire?"
"Of course," Lindor said, flashing a smile, minutes after his solo shot over the right-field fence pushed the Indians to a 4-3 victory against the Yankees.
But the 21-year-old never imagined an eighth-inning walk or single up the middle when he had visions of silencing the Yankee Stadium faithful. He dreamed of circling the bases in a venue so quiet his high-five with the third base coach could be heard from the upper deck.
So on the sixth pitch of the encounter with Betances, Lindor roped a 97-mph heater into the seats in right field. He eased the frustration in the Indians' dugout, which arrived after the Yankees erased a two-run deficit in the previous half-inning. And he rounded the bases, slapped hands with third base coach Mike Sarbaugh and kissed his fingers and pointed to the sky as he crossed home plate.
Yes, I will be watching that clip a few (hundred) times today.
Peoples pitched seven scoreless innings, as the Hillcats shut out the Potomac Nationals 2-0 on Sunday. The 6'5" Peoples hasn't allowed a run in his last 13 2/3 innings pitches and owns a 3.55 ERA on the year.
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