Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber was electric tonight for the Cleveland Indians in a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. He struck out 18 Cardinal hitters while walking none. He had a no-hitter going into the 7th before former Indian Jhonny Peralta broke that up. The 18 strikeouts are a career-high for Kluber. This is the highest number of strikeouts an Indians’ pitcher has had in a game since Bob Feller did it on October 2, 1938 vs Detroit.
This is a game the Indians really needed after the rather disappointing start to the season. Kluber also struggled mightily from the start. He had a couple decent starts and a handful of poor outings. Kluber has also been one of the worst-luck pitchers in the league in the run-support department. Kluber is now 1-5 on the season and lowered his season ERA from 5.04 to 4.48. That goes to show how much he really has struggled this season, but maybe this will be the start that turns around his season. Kluber’s next start will be next Monday against the White Sox. He is 4-2 with a 3.14 ERA in his career vs. the White Sox.
Indians’ manager Terry Francona was ejected in the 4th inning of the ballgame after Jason Kipnis was hit by John Lackey. Francona came out to get some information from home plate umpire, Mike Everitt, after he warned both teams after the hit-by-pitch. Francona was tossed shortly after he exited the dugout. The Indians will be looking for their second series win on the year with a victory coming tomorrow afternoon in-game 3 against the Cardinals.