Shane Bieber shut down the Minnesota Twins and tied a MLB record for strikeouts (27) in a players first two games since 1901.
Cleveland Baseball Club Shane Bieber has struck out 27 batters in his first two starts, tying Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Karl Spooner for the major league record.
Shane Bieber struck out 13 Twins batters in Cleveland’s 2-0 victory Thursday. The 25-year old right hander only allowed three baserunners on the night, shutting down a potent Minnesota offense. The Twins simply could not touch anything that Bieber was throwing.
Bieber would exit after the 8th inning leaving the 9th to the sensational James Karinchak. Karinchak would pick up right where Bieber left off as he got a strikeout of his own and would pick up the save along the way. This was Karinchak’s first career save.
Cleveland’s offense did not do a whole lot, but luckily thanks to Bieber they didn’t have to. The only runs scored in the game occurred in the 3rd thanks to a two-run homer by Francisco Lindor who drove in Jose Ramirez. This was Lindor’s only hit on the night while Ramirez reached base three times (1-2, 2 walks).