Indians shutout, lose to Twins 2-0

The Indians only had two hits on Thursday

James Rapien
March 28, 2019 - 6:44 pm
Mar 28, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) looks on in the bottom of the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians finished with the same number of hits as the Twins had runs in their 2-0 loss on Thursday afternoon. Minnesota starter Jose Berrios dominated the Tribe. He pitched 7.2 scoreless innings, allowed two hits, one walk and finished with 10 strikeouts.

Corey Kluber matched Berrios through six, but allowed two runs in the seventh on a double by Marwin Gonzalez, which was the difference in the game. Gonzalez entered the game with a .455 lifetime batting average against the Indians' ace. Kluber, 32, allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, finishing with five strikeouts.

Bright Spot – There was plenty of concern surrounding outfielder Jake Bauers coming into this season. The 23-year-old had a few nice catches in left field, including a sliding grab in the third inning.

 

Bauers is a natural first baseman and admits he's more comfortable there, but he flashed his potential in the outfield. That's a good sign for the Indians, who would like the youngster to help fill the void in left.

Highlight of the Day – Leonys Martin had one of the Indians' two hits, ripping a double into right field in the fourth inning. It was a great moment for the 31-year-old, who survived a life-threatening illness last summer. 

Unfortunately for the Indians, Martin didn't get past second base. He was the only time the Tribe had a runner in scoring positon. 

Lineup Concerns – Plenty of fans were worried about the lineup before Thursday's game. The team did nothing to change the minds of a fan base that has questioned the Indians' underwhelming offseason. 

It's only one game, against a great young pitcher in Berrios. It could also be a sign of things to come. There's no reason for panic, although it may be a little late for that. The Indians are playing without Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis. Veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is a few weeks away from being able to contribute. Bradley Zimmer continues to recover from shoulder surgery and may end up being a big part of this team.

Odds are this lineup will look much different at the end of April. It's easy to overreact, especially opening day, but it's just one of 162 games. 

Up Next – The Indians play the Twins at 2:10 p.m. on Saturday. Trevor Bauer will get his first start of the season against Jake Odorizzi.