Cleveland 12, Minnesota 7
April 10, 1999
THE INDIANS IN A NUTSHELL: The first three hitters reach base nine times and key two rallies; there's clutch hitting throughout the order; and a shaky starter nearly coughs it all up. Counting the 1998 postseason, righthander Dwight Gooden has lasted a total of 5⅔ innings in his last three starts, allowing nine hits and 10 runs—not a good sign for manager Mike Hargrove's aceless rotation, which had a 5.04 ERA through Sunday.
One bright spot: Righthander Steve Karsay, who has had arm trouble, got his first win since July 17, 1997, in the longest relief outing of his career. Hargrove will need Karsay to bridge the gap between the suspect starters and closer Mike Jackson—unless, of course, Karsay takes Doc's spot in the rotation.