James Karinchak cracked for the first time this season in the tenth inning against the Minnesota Twins. He allowed a three-run home run to Kyle Garlick before recording an out. As a result, Hansel Robles earned a blown save and a Minnesota win with the 8-5 result.
Both teams hit momentum-shifting home runs; they also each managed to retaliate. Sometimes the team that strikes first wins, but today, maybe the team that got tired first lost.
Minnesota did almost all of their damage with two swings of the bat. A three-run shot in the fourth and the final blow in the tenth provided six runs; the other two came via single and groundout in the fourth.
It isn’t as if Cleveland hitters slacked off today. Amed Rosario finished a homer short of the cycle. His RBI triple in the fifth put the Indians one run down with no outs. Happ then pulled the most important escape of the day by striking out Ramìrez and Luplow, then inducing a groundout from Eddie Rosario.
The score remained five to four until Cleveland came up for their last cracks. Cesar Hernandez walked, Amed Rosario singled, and Josè Ramìrez sacrificed Hernandez to third.
Hey, look! Another day, another textbook bottom of the ninth scenario. This time, Cleveland nailed it. Jordan Luplow dropped a first-pitch safety squeeze bunt. Hernandez slid around a late tag and tied the game with a slap of the plate.
The game entered extras when Cleveland couldn’t drive another in. In previous games, Karinchak’s entrance felt comforting. It did today, too, but then Garlick struck.
Never underestimate a new herb, friends.
Cleveland couldn’t score in their half of the tenth and this wild one came to a close.
- Yu Chang played pretty well today. His finest moment, I think, came in the bottom of the sixth inning when he battled for a dozenish pitches. He drew a walk when J.A. Happ finally missed inside, but the umpire rang him up anyway. Baseball is brutal.
- Owen Miller went 0fer today. I don’t think he looked too overmatched. A bit eager, sure, but not lost. He came within a few feet of doubling down the left field line. He struck out instead. Baseball is brutal.
- Harold Ramirez doubled with one out in the eighth and then immediately TOOTBLAN’d himself. Baseball is brutal.
- Zach Plesac pitched three perfect innings before the Twins scored five runs on x hits in the fourth inning. Baseball is brutal.
A woman in the club seats made a fantastic catch on a foul ball. Josh Naylor raised his arm and nodded in approval.
Less Max Kepler.