CLEVELLAND, Ohio – Shane Bieber’s night opens every night.
During his second start to the season, Bieber knocked out 13 of eight innings on Thursday night when the Indians beat the Twins, 2-0, at the Target Field. It’s hard to imagine Bieber being better than he was on July 24 when he set a record nightly record for the Indians with 14 strikes in six unsuccessful innings against Kansas City, but he was.
Bieber not only set an AL record of 27 strikes in his first two starts of the season, he tied the MLB record with the help of Carl Sponer of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The man he passed on for the AL record was Hall of Fame Nolan Ryan.
“I think the band was a lot sweeter,”; Bieber said when asked to compare early Thursday to early night. “We know how important this series is. Coming there and doing what we did tonight, set the tone for the series.
“I feel that the clubhouse will probably jump as much as possible according to all protocols. We like it. “
Regarding Ryan’s broadcast, Bieber said: “A couple of people mentioned it. It’s a wonderful company. To be even in the same sentence. I’ll enjoy it.”
Overall, coach Terry Francona started the turn 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA in the first seven games of the season. In these seven games, each beginner has completed six or more innings, allowing two or fewer runs to set a franchise record.
A general attempt to rotate the tribe? That would be 67 strikes in 47 innings.
Bieber was credited with catching Sandy Leon for his game. Leon fills the injured Roberto Perez.
Asked what Bieber’s best area was, Leon replied, “All of them. He threw all four pitches for punches whenever he wanted. It was fun.”
Leon said he talked to Perez about how to catch Bieber before the team left for Minneapolis on Wednesday night.
The twins put pressure on Bieber in the sixth, when he allowed one-time singles Byron Buxton and Max Kepler. He bounced into Josh Donaldson’s confrontation on a 3-2 smashed ball in the mud and sent Jorge Polanco on a flytrap to the center.
Francisco Lindor secured all the crimes Bieber needed with two moves by Home Berrios (0-1, 7.00) in the third inning.
Bieber (2-0, 0.00) made three shots. He resigned the last seven men he encountered and did not go. Bieber passed one bat and made seven hits in two starts this season.
Newcomer James Karinchak placed ninth for his first private rescue. He went aside to order six resins.
“It’s a real dream,” Karinchak said.
The Indians took a 2-0 lead against the Twins on Lindor’s two-run homer in the third. Berrios started the serve by retreating Oscar Mercado on a flying ball to the center and crossing out Cesar Hernandez.
Jose Ramirez, who entered the game, hitting .368 (7-for-19), sent the Berrios field 1-2 field in the right field for singles. Berrios also jumped ahead of Lindor, but with a score of 0-2 he threw a fastball right into the middle, and Lindor sent it through the wall in the right center for his second homer of the season.
“I have a good pitch to hit and a good swing on it,” Lindor said. “I am just happy to be here. Berrios impressed me many times. “
The Indians had a chance to strengthen their lead in sixth place after Berrios left after five innings. Franzil Reyes and Bradley Zimmer reached the singles. Zimmer got on the away single and continued to take second place in a mistake to throw the first base Miguel Sano. The throw was so bad that Reyes may have scored, but he advanced to second base before continuing third.
Zack Little, who started sixth, walked on Domingo Santana to load the base alone. Catcher Sandy Leon sent the liner back to the mound. Little stopped him with his body, picked it up and started a 1-2-3 double play to finish the inning.
Another potential killer chance disappeared in the sixth. Hernandez took a one-time walk with Ramirez and Lindor through the bat. But Hernandez was chosen first when he returned to the first stand instead of diving. Sano marked him on his helmet, but Hernandez was initially called safe. The twins appealed the call, and his safe call was canceled.
Ramirez walked, and Lindor directed the liner to a gap in the center right that Byron Buxton ran down.
Berrios allowed two runs of three hits in five innings. He crossed out six and left alone.
The Gemini starter G1 entered the game with a career record of 5-2 against the Indians. This included a 2-0 record last year for four starts.
The victory gave Bieber a 4-0 career record against the Twins.
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