The Cleveland Indians won again last night defeating the Minnesota Twins, 6-5, in a 9th inning that made the game as close as the hair on the Red Sox chinny-chin-chins.
The Tribe who were seeking their seventh straight win entered the 9th in Minnesota with a 6-1 lead and closer Chris Perez came in to lock it down, but after just getting two outs and allowing four runs, the Indians got the win after Joe Smith came in and allowed two baserunners before getting the final out.
Terry Francona was evasive after the game when asked if Perez was still the closer, “You know what? I think we’ll always figure out a way to win. That’s kind of the way I always view it,” Francona told reporters.
The Up In Smoke Season of Chris Perez
Masterson as closer?
Justin Masterson returned from his stay on the Disabled List with the dreaded oblique by not returning to the Indians rotation, but in a 9th inning mop-up role Wednesday night again the White Sox. He recorded two strikeouts and allowed a broken bat hit in his one inning of work. I would be surprised to not see Tito use him at least once in the closer’s role this weekend.