The scenario for the Indians to win the division is nothing short of an uphill battle. The Boys of Summer are looking to extend the season into October. The Tribe needed 11 innings to pull out a crucial win as they topped the AL Central leading Twins, 6-2. The Indians are still 5.5 games back from Minnesota. The teams will face off with five more games and each one is basically a must win for Cleveland.
Indians fans were on the edge of their seats as the score stayed tied at 2-2 through 10 innings. The inconsistent offense came alive in the 11th inning.
Roberto Perez powered a huge single to break the tie by allowing Yasiel Puig to score. The insurance runs were then added by Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado.
Not to be overlooked was the hard work by the Tribe’s bullpen. With injuries to the rotation, the bullpen has been worked mightily and struggled recently. However, when starting pitcher Adam Plutko left the game after six solid innings – the pen stepped up. Five relief pitchers came in to face the Twins and did not allow them to score a run setting the stage for the big 11th inning.
Skipper Terry Francona had met with the team after the disappointing loss to the White Sox on Thursday. Prior to Friday’s game with the Twins, the Indians held a players only meeting. With only 20 games left in the season team morale appears to be low as of late. Plutko touched on that subject after the game,
“I really wanted to come out and compete tonight. Based on some of the talks we had with Tito and today with everybody, we wanted to show everybody what we got. The last couple of games, maybe we were a little down, but we really wanted to come out strong tonight.”Pitcher Adam Plutko
The Cleveland faithful believe and are hoping against all odds for a pennant win. If the Tribe is unable to take over the Twins to win the AL Central, they still have a shot at the wild card spot. This team has showed unparalleled resilience all season and would be a Cinderella Story if they can get to October.