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A Texas Sized 9th Helps Tribe to 9-6 Win Over Rangers – Three Takeaways from the Sweep

3. Frankie Makes Up for 5th Inning Mistake

The sign of a good young player in his ability to learn from and not allow mistakes to bother them. Indians sensational shortstop Francisco Lindor showed that in a number of ways on Wednesday, having a monster night following an unfortunate error in the 5th that allowed the Rangers to take a two-run lead.

Lindor took a two-out grounder and instead of throwing to first, tried to race to second base for what would have been a force out. After Shin-Soo Choo outraced Lindor, the shortstop made an ill advised throw to first, one that seemed to catch Edwin Encarnacion off guard.

Two runs scored to make it 4-2 Rangers, but not for long. Lindor came up in the 6th with a solo homer to make it 4-3, but what he’ll be remembered for is his monster grand slam, the first of his career, with one out in the 9th to give the Indians a 9-6 lead.

The maturity of Lindor was never in question, but after the game on the STO interview he was more upset about costing his pal Danny Salazar a chance to get a win with his error, not instead celebrating his game-winning grand slam.

The 23-year-old is one heck of a special player, and once again proved that with two homers, five runs batted in, and an interview that showed just how humble he is as a team player.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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