Sunday Game Preview: Minnesota (60-98) vs. Cleveland (80-78)
By Matt Van Wormer
Yesterday was a good day for the Indians as they swept the double header with the Twins by scores of 8-2 and 7-6. The sixth inning was very good to Cleveland as they scored a total of 11 runs combined in the two games. It was those sixth frames that pushed the Tribe to victory.
In game one, the Indians were tied at two before exploding with a sac fly, an RBI double, and three RBI singles as 11 players went to the plate in the inning. Under the moon, the Tribe was down 6-0 when they got five runs on three RBI singles, an RBI double and a fielder’s choice that scored runs and then Shelley Duncan concluded his awesome day with a 2-run double that gave the Indians the lead and eventual victory.
Today, the Tribe looks to not only sweep the four game set with the Twins but also finish the home season with a win that will guarantee the Indians a .500 season. It would be the Indians’ ninth straight win against the Twins and would give them 12 total wins to just six losses against the Tribe this year.
Fausto Carmona (7-15, 5.23, 1.41 WHIP) takes the hill against Liam Hendriks (0-2, 6.23, 1.44 WHIP) at 1:05 today. Carmona finally got back into the win column in his last start after going six straight starts without a victory. Hendriks, on the other hand, will be making just the fourth start of his career. The youngster, who is 22, will be looking for his first career victory.
Jason Kubel has had a good career against Fausto Carmona (14 for 38, 3 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI) so getting him out will be key for Carmona. Hopefully, the Indians’ hurler will be able to keep his pitches under control and make his last start of the season a much better one than his first start of the season back in April.
As stated before, the Indians are looking to guarantee a .500 season for them and also keep their lead in the race for second place in the Central Division. A win today would also guarantee the Tribe at least a tie with the White Sox in the division as Chicago has already hit the 81 loss mark.
Downtown Cleveland will be hopping today as, not only the Indians, but the Browns will be in action on the lake shore. So, if you’re looking for something to do on the last Sunday of the Major League Baseball regular season, go spend it with 100,000 of your closest friends. I hear the Muni Lot is nice this time of year!
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