By Matt Loede @MattLoede on April 5, 2014
The Indians pulled out a solid 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in their home opener on Friday afternoon at Progressive Field. After a slow start, the team rallied for three runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh to pull out the win. While there were plenty of things to be happy about, there are five specifics that Tribe fans can celebrate about.
The start of the day, along with the forecast, didn't look very promising for the game to be played. But after a two-hour, 13-minute delay, the game was able to start. The Tribe's grounds crew did an excellent job getting the field ready to play with no issues once the game got going.
He didn't have his best stuff, but the Indians No. 4 starter Danny Salazar did a solid enough job, holding the Twins to two runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out four and walked three, and got the biggest out of the game, a groundout by Trevor Plouffe to end the fifth with the Twins leading by just two runs. It paid off as the Indians' offense finally got going in the sixth.
He's the guy who sets the tone, and on Friday, Nick Swisher came through huge with a two-run bomb off Twins starter Mike Pelfrey in the sixth to put the Indians ahead for good at the time at 3-2. The leader of "Bro-Ohio" got the crowd to their feet with the 418-foot bomb, and it opened the floodgates for the eventual seven runs that the team scored in the huge win.
Indians fans had become used to the team losing their home opener, as they had not won one since the 2008 season when they beat Chicago 10-8 at Progressive Field, a stretch of five straight losses. The win over the Twins was big for two reasons, it was an Opening Day win, and it was a comeback win as they overcame a 2-0 deficit.
Like in many cities, Indians fans relish Opening Day for the pageantry that goes along with it. It was a special day for a number of reasons, but the fact the team won their opener on the 20th anniversary of the opening of their beautiful stadium was a big one. They opened the park Apr. 4, 1994 with a win over the Seattle Mariners, and now 20 years later, they notched another thrilling win for the home fans.
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