Here’s to a great week!
Indians 6, Angels 2
Shane Bieber was fantastic, throwing another complete game, and the offense got homers from Oscar Mercado, Francisco Lindor, and Jason Kipnis. With the win, the Indians are now 66-45 on the season!
From Mandy Bell:
The well-meaning people at Topps were befuddled by the Beebs, misidentifying him as “Justin” in a Stadium Club card that Bieber tweeted about over the weekend. But after having a good laugh about the harmless typo, Bieber went out Sunday and befuddled the Angels’ batters for nine strong innings in a 6-2 win at Progressive Field.
It was Bieber’s third complete game of the season -- the most by any pitcher in a single year since Ervin Santana and teammate Corey Kluber had five in 2017. He also became the second fastest Indians pitcher to reach 300 career strikeouts (44 games total, four shy of Herb Score’s mark from 1956).
That’s how you make a name for yourself.
“It’s kind of like Kluber,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “When he hits a certain point in the season, he holds it. Bieber has those trends and characteristics because of his hard work. I think you can go back six or seven years ago, and everything I said about Kluber, probably just put in Bieber’s name and it would be true, which is a big compliment to Bieber.”
Zimmer is throwing but still isn’t ready for game activity.