A month or so ago, it was a given by most that the Cleveland Indians would catch and then run away from the Minnesota Twins in the AL’s Central division. But since then, they haven’t been able to do so, consistently staying right behind them. As a result, they are in a two-way battle for a Wild Card spot, and they faced one of those rivals on Friday night down in Tampa Bay as they took on the ‘Devil’ Rays.
The AL East’s second best team proved why they are so good, yet again relying upon sound pitching to blank the Indians in a 4-0. Austin Pruitt went five innings and gave up four hits before turning the baseball over to the bullpen. From there, they combined to give up just one hit while patiently waiting for the offense to give them some support. It finally came in the seventh inning as they plated four runs, three of which came from the bat of Jesus Aguilar when he went deep. That was plenty for them, and the Rays are now just a game out of the second Wild Card spot and a 1.5 behind Cleveland altogether as the pair and Oakland fight for the two spots as it currently stands.