Indians Rookie Shane Bieber Earns First MLB Win

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In his second major league start, Shane Bieber secured a win for the Tribe in a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on Sunday.

It’s been a hectic Father’s Day weekend for Bieber and the Tribe.

Saturday, pitcher Carlos Carrasco took a line drive into his elbow, which placed him on the 10-day disabled list. With Carrasco exiting early, manager Terry Francona was forced to reach deep in his pocket, using Adam Plutko as a relief pitcher in the Saturday loss.

Bieber supplied the Indians with a much-needed start. He struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings and worked his way out of trouble, allowing only one run on 10 hits. His day ended after 89 pitches.

“He comes as advertised,” Francona said. “He throws a lot of strikes, not many walks.”

After securing his first win Sunday, Bieber told reporters that when his game ended in Columbus on Saturday, he went to his apartment, packed his things and “skedaddled” to Cleveland for his Sunday start.

Catcher Yan Gomes made his presence known in the win with a three-run double, giving the Tribe a 4-1 lead in the third inning. The pitching used this run support wisely and the win improved the Tribe’s record to 37-33.

On a balmy, humid day at Progressive Field, Bieber was able to get his first big-league win and hopefully provide the Indians with a spark of an arm as they move through the summer.

Photo: cleveland.com

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