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Tribe Survives Late Twinkie Rally; Indians 7, Twins 6

| On 17, Sep 2011

 

The Cleveland Indians jumped out to an early lead, and despite shaky defense and shaky bullpen relief, the Tribe survived the Minnesota Twins late rally for a 7-6 victory. The win snaps a three game losing skid for the Indians, however, they were officially eliminated from the divisional play when the Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics.

Carlos Santana started the Indian offense with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. For Santana, it was his 24th round tripper of the season, and team lead. In the third Lonnie Chisenhall and Lou Marson each singled and Chisenhall scored when Kosuke Fukudome grounded into a double play, but the Tribe had an early 2-0 lead. Chisenhall has been hot since Jack Hannahan was injured in early September, hitting .265 this month.

The game appeared to have the chance to become a laugher in the top of the fourth when Chisenhall singled home Jim Thome and Marson singled home Shelley Duncan and Chisenhall giving the Indians a 5-0 lead. However, Indian defense was about to rear its ugly head.

With two on and two out, pinch hitter Rene Tosoni hit a fly ball to center field that appeared to go right through Grady Sizemore’s glove. The ball trickled all the way to the wall, where Joe Benson and Ben Revere were able to scamper home.

It was one of the few blemishes of the evening for Jimenez who had another outstanding outing. Pitching six and one third innings, scattering five hits, one earned run, three walks and four strikeouts. Jimenez has a 2.78 ERA with the Indians since August 26 and appears to be finding his place in the Tribe rotation.

After Chisenhall singled home another run in the sixth, the Twins would post two runs in the bottom of the seventh. After a leadoff single, Tony Sipp would relieve Jimenez and throw the ball away on a pick off throw, allowing a run to score and Revere to move to third. A sacrifice fly by Trevor Plouffe allowed him to score and the Twins had again cut the lead to 6-4.

Jim Thome hit his 14th home run of the season, a laser shot to right center field, in the ninth inning giving the Indians a three run lead heading to the bottom of the ninth. The Tribe would need all of it because Chris Perez looked like a closer who had not saved a game since September 4.

Perez allowed a double to Benson and a single by Matt Tolbert with one out. Revere grounded out scoring Benson. Plouffe singled home Tolbert and Perez had to strike out Tosoni with the tying run on third base, but the Indians were victorious, 7-6.

The Indians, now 73-75, will send Jeanmar Gomez to the mound on Saturday against Anthony Swarzak. Gomez is certainly competing to get the Tribe to .500, but also for a rotation spot in 2012.

 

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