The Cleveland Indians may be out of the playoff race, but they still fought to avoid a sweep against the AL Central rival Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Cleveland came through in the bottom of the 10th to win the game, 4-3. Casey Kotchman scored Shin-Soo Choo from third base with a single to center field to secure the win. It was his second RBI of the day and his third hit.
Choo was on third after a lead-off double and a sacrifice ground-out from Jason Kipnis. Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley were intentionally walked after Choo was advanced to third, and Kotchman was the one to bring him home, despite having a better day than both Brantley and Santana prior to that.
Anthony Swarzak was the pitcher who came in for relief in the tenth, so he was handed the loss. Esmil Rogers, who took over in the tenth for the Tribe, was given the win after a 1-2-3 inning. That was Choo's only at-bat for the game, pinch hitting for Vinny Rottino, who was at the top of the lineup and did not reach base all game. Up next, the Indians will take on the Kansas City Royals for a three-game series.
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