The Browns are back! Oh, that’s right, they are still horrendous. Thank goodness for the Tribe.
Indians 7, Twins 1
The good guys won for the 10th time in their last 13 games Sunday. Corey Kluber was fantastic, again, and the Twins did a fine job of self-imploding. The Indians are getting closer to securing their first AL Central Division title since 2007 and currently sit at 83-59 on the year.
The right-hander reached 200 strikeouts for the third straight season. From Jordan Bastian:
Through all the ebbs and flows of the season, there has been one constant source of consistency for Cleveland. Every five days, no matter the circumstances, Corey Kluber has clocked in, logged innings and been the rock the rotation needs.
On the year, Kluber is now 16-9 with a 3.05 ERA and 208 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings. The right-hander has gone 8-1 with a 2.04 ERA in his past 12 outings, and he has turned in a 12-3 ledger with a 2.40 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 124 innings dating back to the start of June.
Kluber's seven innings helped the Indians move seven games ahead of the Tigers in the chase for the AL Central crown. While on the mound in Minneapolis, Kluber piled up 10 strikeouts and only relinquished one unearned run. The righty joined Sam McDowell, Bob Feller and Gaylord Perry as the only pitchers in Cleveland history to have at least three 200-strikeout campaigns.
"It's just another number," Kluber said.
The Indians recalled left-hander Ryan Merritt and first baseman Jesus Aguilar following the end of Class AAA Columbus playoff run. Outifielders Yandy Diaz and Bradley Zimmer, who are not on the 40-man, did not get a call.
Carlos Santana's laser shot was his 31st homer of the year. Per @statcast, it went a zillion mph and flew a thousand feet. Give or take.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 11, 2016