July 24, 2021

Cleveland comes alive late to capitalize on J.C. Mejia’s strong start (Let’s Go Tribe)

Cleveland broke a 1-1 stalemate with Minnesota late Thursday night, with former Twins slugger Eddie Rosario delivering the fatal blow in a 4-1 victory to open the four-game series.

J.C. Mejia was… not bad, actually? He seemed headed for disaster in the first inning, after a leadoff single, a walk, a balk, and a wild pitch allowed the Twins to take a 1-0 lead. Mejia was able to limit them to that one run but needed 31 pitches to do so. Fortunately, he settled in from there, holding Minnesota scoreless over the next five innings and notching six strikeouts in his best start of the season. Mejia had a better feel for the zone as the game went along and effectively mixed his sinker, slider, and changeup to keep the Twins’ bats off balance.

The team needed Mejia to settle in not only for the sake of their bullpen but also because Minnesota starter José Berríos worked his own magic on the mound. Cleveland was able to take advantage of a leadoff walk by Bradley Zimmer and a Harold Ramirez single to start the second inning, tying the score at 1-1 thanks to a two-out broken-bat RBI single courtesy of Austin Hedges. But that was all they could muster against Berríos, who struck…

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