Watch: Santana on his walk-off and some thoughts on the Indians

The Indians are 4-3 this season

James Rapien
April 05, 2019 - 10:54 pm

Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians beat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Friday night thanks to Carlos Santana's walk-off home run.

It's been a big week for the 32-year-old. Not only has he gotten off to a hot start for the Tribe, but he also passed his test to become a U.S. Citizen. Santana used one word to describe his feelings after the game: "happy." He kept saying how happy he was. He's glad that he's back in Cleveland. He's excited to be a U.S. Citizen and I'm sure he can't wait to be sworn in on April 19. If you missed the postgame video, you can watch him discuss the walk-off at the top of this article.

It was Santana's first home run of 2019, but he's off to a great start this season. He has the best batting average on the team at .417 and leads the Indians with six RBI. It seemed like every fan and media member expected him to start slow. He's help keeping the Tribe alive with his play at first base and at the plate. 

Other Notes: 

Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 on Friday in Columbus. He has four hits, two walks and one RBI in two Triple-A games. The 33-year-old has gotten off to a great start, which means help could be on the way. They finished with just four hits in Friday's win over Toronto. Jason Kipnis went 0-for-3 in his first rehab start. He's expected to spend a week in Triple-A, before joining the Indians on their upcoming road trip. 

The Indians' bullpen pitched well against the Blue Jays. The trio of Neil Ramirez, Oliver Perez and Adam Cimber pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and combining for five strikeouts. That's crucial for this team. They're going to get great starting pitching on most nights. Can they put up enough runs and will the bullpen do its' part? They did on Friday and it's a big reason why they're 4-3 on the season. 

Up Next – These two teams play again on Saturday. Carlos Carrasco will get his second start of the season. He'll go up against Thomas Pannone.