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Jason Kipnis stays hot as Indians beat Twins 5-3

Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Please keep up it Mr Kipnis!

Jason Kipnis continued his big week, racking up two more hits, one of which was a crucial three-run homer, in the Indians 5-3 victory Thursday afternoon over the Twins.

The Tribe’s second baseman has had a tough season, plain and simple. After last Saturday’s game, Kipnis was slashing .216/.305/.345. My gosh that’s horrible. But one magical magazine later, Kipnis caught fire. Three hits, a homer, and 4 RBI’s on Sunday in Kansas City. Two hits Tuesday and another on Wednesday. Then, today’s big game. So yeah, please keep it up!

Kipnis’ homer came in the sixth inning with the Indians trailing 2-1. After a Michael Brantley popout, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion walked. A Yonder Alonso shift-beating single drove in JRam, tying the game up. Melky Cabrera flied out and then it was Kipnis time. Kipnis turned on a 96 mph inside fastball, launching a moonshot that barely cleared the nine-foot wall down the line in right field. The three-run shot was Kip’s 13th of the year.

Mike Clevinger started for the Indians and pitched well, earning his 10th win. The right-hander went 6 and 23 innings, throwing 114 pitches, allowing just four hits and walking none, while striking out nine. The two Twins runs were unearned.

Other highlights from the game included:

  • Another amazing Facebook MLB Watch broadcast. Fun times.
  • Encarnacion with a nice opposite field RBI single.
  • Brantley with two doubles and who is now the owner of a beautiful .826 OPS. Awesome job front-office!
  • Cody Allen with a scoreless 23 of an inning . . . thanks to Roberto Perez’s great defensive play to get Logan Forsythe hung up.
  • Brand Hand gave up a run but earned his sixth save with the Tribe.

Up next for the good guys is a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Corey Kluber is scheduled to start Friday night’s game, which sounds good to me.