Duncan leads Tribe over Twins; Indians 7, Twins 6
By Mike Brandyberry
It’s hard to believe that only a couple months ago the Indians valued Austin Kearns over Shelley Duncan. Duncan rode the Cleveland to Columbus shuttle for most of the season, but the last six weeks he has tried to prove he’s major league quality and he did it again Saturday evening, driving in three runs in a come from behind, 7-6 victory.
Mitch Talbot started for the Tribe, trying to make a statement for his 2012 rotation hopes, but the only statement he could make is that he is not major league material at the point. The Minnesota Twins, a team who mailed this season in weeks ago, tattooed Talbot for six runs over five and one third innings. He also allowed nine hits and four walks. The ball was up in the strike zone all evening.
Once Talbot left the game, the Indian offense came to life. After Carlos Santana doubled and Jim Thome walked, Duncan singled Santana home. Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a double to score Thome. Lou Marson, Cord Phelps and Ezequiel Carrera would each follow with base hits to drive in runs in the five run, sixth inning, cutting the deficit to 6-5.
In the seventh inning the Tribe would put the final nail in the coffin of the Twins. After Jason Donald and Santana each singled, with one out, Duncan laced a double down the left field line. Duncan had three RBIs in the game, and six for the doubleheader.
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