Doubleheader Preview: Minnesota (60-96) vs. Cleveland (78-78)
By Matt Van Wormer
Last night’s contest between the Twins and Indians can only be described as poetic. On a night that Jim Thome was honored for his 600th home run, and his entire career, he had one of the biggest bats of the night.
After the Twins took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Thome helped the Tribe get on the board by ripping a double to left field and scoring Kosuke Fukudome. Later in the game, with Jason Kipnis on base, Thome launched a deep home run to the trees in center which landed 445 feet from Home Plate and tied the game at four. It would be Carlos Santana‘s walk-off home run that won it for the Tribe in the ninth, 6-5.
Today’s double dip starts with a struggling David Huff (2-6, 4.20, 1.42 WHIP) and Brian Duensing (9-14, 5.29, 1.54 WHIP) going against each other at 1:05. In the night-cap, Mitch Talbot (2-6, 6.33, 1.80 WHIP) makes his first start since July against Scott Diamond (1-5, 4.81, 1.78 WHIP).
The Indians have successfully gotten back to the .500 mark on the year and also built another game into their lead over the Chicago White Sox for second place in the Central Division. Today will be a great chance to win a couple games and hopefully build some confidence for Talbot who started the season off strong but was derailed by injuries.
The Bullpen Mafia will have to make sure they are ready to go as well as it could be a long day for them. The September call-ups have been performing admirably and hopefully that will continue today when they are called upon. It’s a full day of baseball so sit back, crack open your favorite soda and watch the ballgames all day long!
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