Photo Gallery: Home Opener win!
The Indians beat the Twins, 7-2, in a rain-delayed Home Opener victory. Here are the postgame notes distributed to media:
- Played the 114th home opener in Indians franchise history and the 21st home opener here at Progressive Field…today’s win over the Twins snapped a 5-year losing streak in home openers for the Tribe, first since a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox to begin the 2008 campaign…Indians are 59-55 all-time in home openers, including an 11-10 record at Progressive Field…improved to 5-1 all-time in home openers played against Minnesota (5-0 at Progessive Field)…with today’s crowd of 41,274, the Indians have sold out all 21 home openers played at Progressive Field.
- Cleveland has won 7 straight games against Minnesota dating back to last season, going 14-6 since the start of 2013…current 7-game streak is Tribe’s longest against the Twins since winning 8 straight against Minnesota from Aug. 12-Sept. 24, 2011.
- At 24 years, 83 days, became the youngest Indians pitcher to start a home opener since RHP DENNIS ECKERSLEY (21 yrs., 190 days) took the mound in a 3-1 loss on April 10, 1976 vs. Detroit…today marked his first start of the 2014 season after beginning the year as the club’s No. 4 starter.
- Fell one out shy of finishing 6.0 complete frames (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R-ER, 3 BB-1 IBB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 95 pitches/55 strikes) and surrendered both runs he allowed in the first inning…did not factor into this afternoon’s decision, as the Tribe erased the 2-0 deficit with 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th shortly after his departure.
- Put Cleveland on the board with a solo home run to lead off the Indians half of the 6th inning, his first of the season…has homered in 2 of his last 5 games dating back to last season, all against Minnesota (last Sept. 26, 2013 at Target Field).
- Added a one-out single in the 7th inning for his first multi-hit effort of the season.
- Erased a 2-1 deficit with a 2-run homer off Pelfrey in the 7th to score Chisenhall (walked following Gomes solo HR), giving the Indians a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish…had been 3-for-16 with 4 strikeouts in his career against Pelfrey prior to that plate appearance…missed another home run by several feet with an RBI-double in the 7th.
- Ranks 2nd on the team behind Brantley (5) with 4 RBI on this young season, as the Indians are now 33-12 in games when Swisher drives in at least one run since the start of last season (2-0 in 2014).
- Leads the team with 5 RBI this season after picking up a 2-out, 2-run single in the 7th inning to cap Cleveland’s scoring for the day…is 5-for-15 with a pair of doubles through 4 games.
- Retired both batters he faced on 5 combined pitches and was the pitcher of record during the Tribe’s 3-run rally in the 6th to notch his first win of the year (2 G, 1.2 scoreless IP)…has won each of his last 5 decisions dating back to Oct. 1, 2012, a stretch that spans 65 relief appearances.