Box Score: Twins 12, Indians 5

Justin Masterson cruised through the first three innings then imploded. Masterson gave up two runs in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and then finally was tagged for five runs in the sixth for a total of 10 runs in 5 2/3rds innings. Not that it really mattered. Twins pitcher Samuel Deduno (2-0, 3.13 ERA) held the Tribe to just one run (and two hits) over seven innings to get the win. The Tribe tacked on two runs in both the eight and the nineth when the game was well beyond reach.

The Tribe looks to avoid the sweep (and remain buyers for Tuesday’s trade deadline) on Sunday, when they send Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9, 4.97 ERA) to the mound to face off against Minnesota lefty Brian Duensing (1-6, 4.86 ERA) at 2:10 PM.

WP: S. Deduno (2-0)
LP: J. Masterson (7-9)
Scoring Summary
Top 1st: Cleveland
– C. Santana grounded out to third, S. Choo scored
Bot 4th: Minnesota
– J. Willingham homered to deep left, J. Mauer scored
Bot 5th: Minnesota
– A. Casilla tripled to deep right center, D. Valencia and B. Dozier scored
– B. Revere singled to shallow left, A. Casilla scored
Bot 6th: Minnesota
– A. Casilla doubled to left center, J. Morneau and D. Valencia scored, B. Dozier to third
– D. Span doubled to shallow left, B. Dozier and A. Casilla scored
– B. Revere singled to shallow left, D. Span scored
Bot 7th: Minnesota
– D. Valencia doubled to left center, J. Willingham scored
Top 8th: Cleveland
– C. Santana homered to left, J. Lopez scored
Bot 8th: Minnesota
– J. Mauer singled to center, B. Revere scored
Top 9th: Cleveland
– J. Lopez safe at first on third baseman D. Valencia’s throwing error, C. Kotchman scored, B. Lillibridge to third, S. Choo to second
– J. Kipnis walked, B. Lillibridge scored, S. Choo to third, J. Lopez to second
S. Choo rf311002111.295
M. Brantley cf200001101.289
    J. Lopez 3b110001000.249
J. Kipnis 2b400101201.272
C. Santana c411311104.235
T. Hafner dh300001001.233
J. Damon lf400000102.226
C. Kotchman 1b210002100.228
J. Hannahan 3b-ss401000101.235
B. Lillibridge ss-cf411000102.165
HR – C Santana (9, 8th inning off T Robertson 1 on, 2 Out).
RBI – J Kipnis (56), C Santana 3 (41).
2-out RBI – J Kipnis, C Santana 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – C Santana 2, J Damon 1, B Lillibridge 1.
GIDP – M Brantley.
Team LOB – 8.
 Base Running
SB – S Choo (11, 2nd base off S Deduno/J Mauer).
E – J Hannahan (8, throw).
Outfield assists – S Choo.
D. Span cf511200001.286
B. Revere rf513200010.312
J. Mauer c411101112.331
J. Willingham lf421211101.273
J. Morneau 1b310000101.253
R. Doumit dh402000000.293
D. Valencia 3b421100101.192
B. Dozier ss321001001.238
A. Casilla 2b422400000.229
2B – D Span (27, J Masterson); B Revere (9, T Sipp); D Valencia (6, E Rogers); A Casilla (11, J Masterson).
3B – A Casilla (2, J Masterson).
HR – J Willingham (27, 4th inning off J Masterson 1 on, 2 Out).
RBI – D Span 2 (32), B Revere 2 (18), J Mauer (48), J Willingham 2 (78), D Valencia (12), A Casilla 4 (20).
2-out RBI – D Span 2, B Revere 2, J Mauer, J Willingham 2, D Valencia, A Casilla 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Mauer 1, B Dozier 1.
Team LOB – 4.
 Base Running
SB – B Revere (22, 2nd base off J Masterson/C Santana), J Mauer (5, 2nd base off J Masterson/C Santana).
E – D Valencia (3, throw).
DP – 1 (B Dozier-A Casilla-J Morneau).
J. Masterson (L, 7-9)5.271082211.384.47
E. Rogers1.13111100.962.74
T. Sipp1.02110101.365.45
S. Deduno (W, 2-0)7.02115601.573.13
T. Robertson1.01221211.457.84
L. Perdomo0.21203006.000.00
C. Fien0.10000100.871.74
HBP – J Morneau (by J Masterson).
Pitches-strikes – J Masterson 103-66; E Rogers 27-16; T Sipp 22-15; S Deduno 105-62; T Robertson 19-10; L Perdomo 30-11; C Fien 5-3.
Ground balls-fly balls – J Masterson 16-4; E Rogers 2-3; T Sipp 1-3; S Deduno 10-3; T Robertson 0-2; L Perdomo 2-0; C Fien 0-0.
Batters faced – J Masterson 28; E Rogers 7; T Sipp 5; S Deduno 27; T Robertson 5; L Perdomo 7; C Fien 1.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Bill Welke. 1B–Chris Guccione. 2B–Tim Tschida. 3B–Jeff Nelson.
Weather: 82 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, right to left.

  • cmm13

    The Twins; not the Tigers or White Sox are driving the final nails into our seasons coffin.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pathetic outscored 23-5 through two games. Masterson continues to demonstrate how clearly he’s nothing close to the staff ace I maintain he’s at best a #3 SP and even then that’s being generous. I tried to have some optimism by saying the FO should make some moves before the deadline to try and infuse some new blood and excitement but not anymore. The FO waited a week to long and now I don’t even see the point. If they did make some moves they’d have to be big and this FO has demonstrated an inability to do anything substantial this season. It’s to bad maybe next year when the 9,000 season ticket holders shrink even more they’ll face reality, on the other hand, probably not.

  • playing left out

    it’s fitting to see willingham destroy our pitching since we passed on signing him in the offseason. beat reporters say that our front office is well respected around baseball but i cant see why. way too many mistakes and that whiff on signing willingham is unacceptable. shapiro and antonetti need to be fired.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    As optimistic as I was 48 hours ago, it’s all gone now. See if you can get some good prospects that will be ready in the next couple years and trade Perez and Choo for them. This team is too inconsistent to be considered a contender this season. There is still a decent core in place for the next couple years, but it’s not enough this season.

    Contenders don’t get a big win against a division rival, then proceed to get outscored 23-5 combined in 2 consecutive games by one of the worst teams in baseball. Might as well get some more young talent and see if we can extend “the window of contention” (whatever that means at this point) for another couple years.

    If we aren’t going to spend any money on quality free agents, it’s all we can do….