August 9, 2019
The hottest team in Major League Baseball calls Cleveland, Ohio their home.
The streaking Indians, now winners of 4-straight, beat the Twins 6-2 Friday night in Minnesota to pull even at the top of the American League Central Division standing.
Shane Bieber (12-4) continued his impressive season from the hill, pitching into the eighth inning while serving up 11 K's to 2 BB's and allowing 2 earned runs. Oliver Perez and Nick Goody then tossed an inning each, only allowing 1 hit as they closed the door on a Twins come back.
New additions Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes, who Cleveland acquired in a deal for Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline, each delivered RBI and noticeable good vibes to the lineup. Jason Kipnis, Roberto Perez, Carlos Santana, and Jose Ramirez, who knocked out 3 hits in the game, all drove in runs from the dish as the Tribe clobbered Minnesota pitchers for 14 hits.
The Indians have the best record in the majors since June 1, with an impressive 42-17 mark. Cleveland trailed the Twins by 11 1/2 games in the division on June 3 but have now rallied to even themselves atop the division with matching 70-46 records. The teams will meet again on Sat and Sun at Target Field and each host a 3-game set in September.