Box Score: Twins 5, Indians 1

After an exciting series versus the Tigers, the Indians came into Minnesota looking to solidify their playoff push and to firmly place themselves in the “buyers” portion of the trade market. They proceeded to get swept. Badly swept. The Tribe was outscored 28-6 in this three game debacle, where they had their two best pitchers (Masterson and Ubaldo) going against a below .500 club. No one came out of this looking good.

Shelley Duncan gave the Indians a brief 1-0 lead when he singled home Asdrubal Cabrera in the top of the fourth. Ubadlo Jimenez immediately gave the back in the bottom of the fourth. He walked Josh Willingham to start the inning and then gave up a home run to Justin Morneau. In the bottom of the fifth, Jimenez gave up a double to Ben Revere, then proceeded to balk him to third and let him score on a wild pitch. Impressive.

Meanwhile, the Tribe’s bats were baffled by lefty Brian Duensing, a reliever making just his fifth start of the season, as a replacement for Francisco Liriano. Duensing went six solid innings, giving up just one run and five hits.

The Indians next play on Tuesday, when they travel to Kansas City to face the Royals. Derek Lowe (8-9, 5.09 ERA) makes the start for the Tribe and his counterpart will be righty Luke Hochevar (6-9, 5.26 ERA). First pitch is 8:10 PM.


WP: B. Duensing (2-6)
LP: U. Jimenez (8-10)
Box ScorePlay by Play
Scoring Summary
Top 4th: Cleveland
– S. Duncan singled to shallow left, A. Cabrera scored, M. Brantley to second
Bot 4th: Minnesota
– J. Morneau homered to deep right center, J. Willingham scored
Bot 5th: Minnesota
– B. Revere scored on wild pitch
Bot 7th: Minnesota
– B. Revere singled to center, B. Dozier and D. Span scored
S. Choo rf400000101.291
A. Cabrera ss411000101.277
C. Santana dh300001001.233
J. Lopez 3b401000002.249
M. Brantley cf401000002.289
S. Duncan lf402100001.225
L. Marson c300000003.259
C. Kotchman 1b300000000.226
B. Lillibridge 2b301000000.170
RBI – S Duncan (25).
2-out RBI – S Duncan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – L Marson 1.
GIDP – A Cabrera.
Team LOB – 5.
D. Span cf311001110.287
B. Revere rf412200021.315
J. Mauer dh400000202.328
J. Willingham lf310001102.271
J. Morneau 1b413210000.260
R. Doumit c300001101.290
D. Valencia 3b400000103.185
B. Dozier ss412000023.242
A. Casilla 2b200000003.226
2B – B Revere (10, U Jimenez).
HR – J Morneau (13, 4th inning off U Jimenez 1 on, 0 Out).
S – A Casilla.
RBI – B Revere 2 (20), J Morneau 2 (46).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Willingham 1, A Casilla 2.
Team LOB – 6.
 Base Running
SB – D Span (11, 2nd base off T Sipp/L Marson), B Revere 2 (24, 2nd base off U Jimenez/L Marson, 3rd base off U Jimenez/L Marson), B Dozier 2 (8, 2nd base off U Jimenez/L Marson, 3rd base off T Sipp/L Marson).
DP – 1 (B Dozier-A Casilla-J Morneau).
U. Jimenez (L, 8-10)6.16553611.595.08
T. Sipp1.22000001.365.19
B. Duensing (W, 2-6)6.05110201.324.53
A. Burnett1.00000001.192.96
J. Burton1.01000000.972.23
G. Perkins1.00001001.343.02
WP – U Jimenez.
BALK – U Jimenez.
Pitches-strikes – U Jimenez 104-62; T Sipp 22-13; B Duensing 70-49; A Burnett 9-6; J Burton 8-6; G Perkins 13-7.
Ground balls-fly balls – U Jimenez 6-6; T Sipp 2-4; B Duensing 10-7; A Burnett 1-2; J Burton 2-0; G Perkins 1-2.
Batters faced – U Jimenez 28; T Sipp 7; B Duensing 23; A Burnett 3; J Burton 3; G Perkins 4.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Chris Guccione. 1B–Tim Tschida. 2B–Jeff Nelson. 3B–Bill Welke.
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, in from right.

  • Scott

    Does this officially mean we are sellers, wow I never thought a series lost like this one would put a stamp on the season so soon

  • embarrassing

  • Wow that officially took the wind out of the sails. Sell off whatever we can at this point. I don’t think we even have a two year window at this point.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    The infamous “young lefty that nobody’s ever heard of” baffles the Tribe again. This has been going on since the 1990’s. What the heck is the deal? As soon as I saw the pitching matchup and heard he was a lefty making his 6th big league start, I knew we were in trouble. We tee off on Verlander, but can’t hit these no-name lefties. I don’t get it.