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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 23, 2017

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Twins Pound Tribe Behind Diamond’s 3-Hitter; Twins 11, Indians 0

By Ryan Hohman

Scott Diamond fired a three-hit complete game shutout while Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham each hit three-run homeruns to help the Twins topple the Indians 11-0 Friday night at Target Field.

After taking two of three from Detroit, the loss drops the Indians back to .500 (50-50). Toronto defeated Detroit 8-3 and the White Sox currently lead the Rangers 6-5 in the eighth inning.

Indians starter Josh Tomlin‘s first inning woes continued – a problem that has plagued him all season. Denard Span led off the game with a single to left. Ben Revere then flied out to left before Joe Mauer singled to center, moving Span to third. Tomlin struck out the next batter, Josh Willingham. Justin Morneau then came to the plate and crushed a hanging fastball over the right field wall for his 12th homerun of the season to give the Twins a 3-0 lead.

In Tomlin’s last three starts, he has allowed two two-run homeruns and one three-run homerun, all in the first inning. It’s the 15th homerun he’s allowed in 17 starts this season.

The Twins got their first two batters on in the second inning, too. After Brandon Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop, Tomlin hit Jamey Carroll. Tomlin however was able to get out of the inning without surrendering a run.

After retiring the first two batters in the fifth, things went south again for Tomlin. Alexi Casilla singled to center and Denard Span followed with a bunt single, moving Casilla to second. Span and Casilla then pulled off a double steal. Prior to the steal, Tomlin had only given up three steals in his career. The speedy Ben Revere followed with an infield single to second to score Casilla and make it 4-0. Joe Mauer followed with a single to right, scoring Span to make it a 5-0 game. The big hurt came in the next at bat when Josh Willingham cleared the bases with a 417 foot three-run homerun over the left center wall to extend the lead to 8-0. Tomlin got Justin Morneau to ground out to end the inning.

Travis Hafner broke up Twins starter Scott Diamond’s bid for a perfect game with a two-out single in the fifth. The lefty improved to 9-4 and lowered his ERA to 2.88 while earning his first career shutout. He struck out six, walked none and was the recipient of several standing ovations from the crowd over the course of the evening.

Josh Tomlin would not return to the mound for the bottom half of the fifth. He pitched four innings, giving up eight runs on ten hits and no walks with two strikeouts. His record fell to 5-8 as his ERA jumped from 5.34 to 5.87

Jeremy Accardo pitched a quiet fifth in relief, but the sixth was a different story. Accardo gave up back-to-back walks to Casilla and Span to start the inning. He got the next batter Revere to strike out, but Joe Mauer followed with a RBI single, scoring Casilla to make it 9-0. Willingham would follow with an RBI single of his own to center, scoring Span to make it 10-0. Morneau walked to load the bases and Ryan Doumit followed with another RBI single to make it 11-0. Brandon Dozier grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Cody Allen finished reliever duties for the Tribe, pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth.

The Twins collected 15 hits as a team with all nine batters who stepped to the plate recording at least one hit.

Game two of this three game series is scheduled for Saturday at 7:10pm ET. Justin Masterson (7-8, 4.12) will take the mound for the Tribe against righty Samuel Deduno (1-0, 3.94).

(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)