Tribe Trounces Twins; Indians 10, Twins 4
Mike B. | On 18, Sep 2011
The Indians struck early and often to take the second game of a three game series with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, by a score of 10-4. The Tribe erupted for eight runs in the first two innings. Asdrubal Cabrera didn’t look tired at all, as he was four for five on the day.
Travis Hafner singled home both Jason Kipnis and Cabrera in the first inning to give the Indians an early 2-0 lead. However, the Tribe would break open the game in the second inning, spurred by a Kipnis triple and Carlos Santana home run. The Indians hung six runs on the Twins in the second inning, extending their lead to 8-0.
The Indians rapped out 14 hits on the day. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except Kosuke Fukudome. In addition to Cabrera’s four hit day, Kipnis added three and Hafner two. Kipnis looks to be fully recovered from the oblique injury that kept him out for most of August.
Jeanmar Gomez pitched another fine outing, scattering seven hits and only giving up two runs over six and two third innings. Gomez left the game in the seventh after twisting his knee on a Ben Revere ground ball back up the middle. He walked off the field under his own power. After the game he said he anticipated making his next start.
The Indians will try to complete the sweep and get back to .500 for the season on Sunday. Justin Masterson will take the mound for the wigwam, while Carl Pavano takes the mound for Minnesota. The Indians will head home for their last home stand of the season after Sunday’s contest.
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