Huff Blows Away Twins in Game One of Doubleheader; Indians 5, Twins 2
By Mike Brandyberry
After a demoralizing weekend that cost the team two losses at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles, and the loss of Grady Sizemore to another knee injury, David Huff made his first start of the season giving the team a much needed spark and a 5-2 victory in the first game of a day, night doubleheader in Minnesota. Huff, expected to only make a spot start, may have pitched his way back into the Tribe’s rotation.
The scoring began in the third inning when Lonnie Chisenhall reached on a throwing error by Alexi Casilla. Ezequiel Carrera followed base hit to center field, scoring Chisenhall. With the loss of Grady Sizemore, Ezequiel Carrera may have the most to gain in terms of opportunity and playing time.
After a base hit by Michael Brantley to put runners on first and third base, Asdrubal Cabrera followed with his 17th home run of the season. The three run home run gave the Tribe a 4-0 lead. Cabrera’s 17 home runs are notable because he only had 18 career home runs before starting this season.
The story of the game though was David Huff. Huff seemed to dance in and out of trouble, falling behind hitters in the count, early in the game before settling down and cruising through the middle part of the game. Huff settled down quickly, throwing first pitch strikes to 20 of 26 hitters he faced, and worked seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits and two walks on 88 pitches. Originally scheduled for Earth Day, each team wore green hats, Huff did an excellent job of conserving the bullpen since they had been overused the previous two days and have the second game of the doubleheader this evening at 8:10 pm.
“I just tried to do the things I’ve worked on in Columbus,” Huff said. “I tried to get ahead early with the fastball.”
Tony Sipp worked hard, throwing 21 pitches, to throw a scoreless eighth inning, Austin Kearns hit a towering solo home run and the score was 5-0, Indians. The ninth began a little shaky with a base hit, then a Michael Cuddyer home run. Chad Durbin was immediately chased from the game in favor of Vinnie Pestano. Pestano recorded the next three hitters and his second save of the season, and the Indians had taken the first game of the doubleheader.
The team will have to make a decision before this evening’s game. Fausto Carmona (4-10, 5.78) will be activated from the disabled list to pitch the game this evening. It was expected that Huff would return to AAA Columbus to make room for Carmona, but he may have earned himself another start in Cleveland. Jeanmarr Gomez would be the other likely option to return to Columbus. Considering the team has an off day on Thursday, either would be available to make their next scheduled start in Cleveland on Saturday. Scott Diamond makes his first start of the season this evening for the Twins.