Aug 8, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (left) is congratulated at the dugout after scoring a run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
It was weird typing the Indians first in the title.
The nightmare is finally over. The 1931 franchise record of 12 straight losses is safe, and the Indians of this year can regroup and perhaps salvage something of the remaining 51 games.
The win started with Justin Masterson, who gave the Indians a second straight Quality Start. Justin again was wild, walking 4 Twins, but also struck out 7 Minnesota batters, so that helped limit the damage done with runners on base. Moreover, he went 7 innings, giving most of the bullpen a welcome rest, which should help over the next few games.
The Indians had some luck for once, as the Twins were the ones booting the ball around the today. The Twins only committed one error, but two more plays should have deserved the classification; Tsuyoshi Nishioka lost a ball in the clouds in the sixth inning, and later threw wildly to home, allowing a run to score.