Tomlin Shows Promise, but Indians Fall to Twins

Paul Battaglia, Associated Press
Paul Battaglia, Associated Press

After spending the better part of the last 5 months on the disabled list, Indians RHP Josh Tomlin made his 2015 debut last night, tossing 6.1 innings of 5-hit baseball.  Tomlin’s outing was spoiled, though, by 5th-inning back-to-back homers by Eddie Rosario and Chris Hermann as the Twins defeated the Indians 4-1 in Target Field.

Tomlin was sidelined near the end of the Spring Training with a right shoulder injury.  He underwent surgery April 6th.   Before being called up to the Indians, Tomlin started 4 games at AAA-Columbus, posting a 1-2 record and a 4.22 ERA.  The call-up was due to a right oblique injury to starter Cody Anderson, who is scheduled to join the Indians next week in Boston.

While Tomlin was dominant (allowing only 5 hits and no walks), Twins starter Tyler Duffy was better.  Duffey pitched 6 innings, posting a 1-hit shutout in only his second start of the season.   The Indians sole run came in the 9th when Roberto Perez singled in Carlos Santana.

Indians rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor extended his hitting streak to 10 games when he broke up Duffy’s no-hitter in the 6th inning.  Over the streak, Lindor is 19-for-39 (.487) with 5 RBIs and 10 runs scored.  His season batting average is up to .296.

The Indians remained 5.5 games off a Wild Card as the Los Angeles Angels once again fell to Kansas City.

Carlos Carrasco (11-8, 3.68) starts in today’s series finale against Tommy Milone (5-3, 3.76).   Carraso has been brilliant in his last two starts with 17.0 innings pitched allowing only 5 hits and 1 earned run.

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