It’s the second time this season that inclement weather caused Cleveland to reschedule a game as part of a doubleheader on the following day.
The teams played to a 2-2 tie through the middle of the third inning before rain caused a delay of nearly two hours. The decision to postpone the contest was announced at 9:52 p.m. Statistics and records from the 2.5 completed innings will be wiped out and Saturday’s makeup will start with a clean slate.
Right-hander Mike Clevinger, originally scheduled to start Saturday night, will take the mound in Game 1. The Indians will go with a bullpen game in Game 2. Minnesota originally intended to go with a bullpen game Saturday night. The Twins announced they will piece together both ends of the doubleheader with bullpen arms.
SportsTime Ohio will broadcast both ends of the doubleheader beginning with the 1:10 p.m. game. The second game will start at the regularly-scheduled time of 7:10 p.m.
Fans holding tickets to Friday’s game can use their exact same ticket to enter the 1:10 p.m. game on Saturday and do not have to exchange (they will not be allowed to attend the night game). If they are unable to attend Saturday’s 1:10 p.m. game, they can exchange into any other 2019 regular season game by Saturday’s 1:10 p.m. first pitch.
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Friday’s postponement is the eighth weather-related delay this season for the Tribe, including an Aug. 6 game that was played as a traditional doubleheader on Aug. 7. The Indians are 7-1 in those games.
At 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, it's Minnesota All-Star ace RHP Jose Berrios (12-8, 3.63) vs. RHP Shane Bieber (14-7, 3.17). Bieber has won back-to-back decisions after losing three straight in August. The 24-year-old righty ranks third in the AL in strikeouts (241) and second in innings (195 2/3). In four outings against the Twins this season Bieber is 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.
Meanwhile, Berrios is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 26 strikeouts in four starts against Cleveland this year. He has a career 3-0 record in five starts at Progressive Field with a 3.77 ERA.