Twins Make Most of Big Inning; Twins 3, Indians 2
Matt Travis | On 20, Jul 2013
Great pitching and poor defense was the theme of the game for the Indians for the second night in a row. Following the exact same script as yesterday, Corey Kluber allowed just three hits, two walks, and no runs over five innings. The problem however for the second night was errors and fielding mistakes costing the Indians dearly as they lost another game by the score of 3-2.
During the first five innings of this game, both starting pitchers, Kluber and Kevin Correia, were locked in and kept the batters in check. Kluber was able to set down the first two batters in every inning he pitched, allowing only three hits and two walks over his five innings. Correla was able to do even better through five innings, as he was able to allow just one hit, a Jason Kipnis single in the fourth inning, and only one walk.
Going into the sixth inning, the game was tied 0-0 and the Indians offense looked as though it would never score a run but Kipnis had other plans. Lonnie Chisenhall started the inning with a single to center field. Michael Bourn followed up with a ball that looked like a double play ball, but he was able to run it out to make it just a fielder choice. After an Asdrubal Cabrera pop fly, Kipnis was able to take a pitch on the outside third of the plate to deep left field for a two run home run, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead.
After taking the lead, the Twins came up to bat against Rich Hill, as Kluber left with left hip tightness. Joe Mauer started off by drawing a walk followed by a single from Justin Morneau to put men at first and third base with nobody out. Ryan Doumit was next up and hit what looked like a double play ball to Chisenhall, however Chisenhall attempted to throw home to get the lead runner but he threw it passed Carlos Santana into the dugout, allowing Mauer to score while moving Morneau to third and Doumit to second. Bryan Shaw came in the game with still no outs in the sixth inning. Chris Colabello, a player who has hit just .100 as a major leaguer, hit a single to drive in Morneau. Shaw was able to strike out Aaron Hicks before the Twins took the 3-2 lead on a Clete Thomas fielders choice that could have easily been a double play if Kipnis does not bobble the ball attempting to throw it to second base.
The Indians had a chance to come back and respond in the seventh inning but failed to do so. Santana was able to get a one out single followed by a Ryan Raburn walk to put men on first and second base. The next two batters, Mark Reynolds and Chisenhall, both popped up foul balls to end the inning with the Twins ahead.
After Vinnie Pestano came in and threw a perfect seventh inning, the Indians were robbed of two base runners in the eighth inning by two great defense plays. Bourn started the inning by hitting a well hit ball to right field caught just inches off the grass in right field for out number one. Cabrera was able during the next at bat to hit a ball off the wall in right field for what looked like a double before Doumit threw a perfect throw to second base to tag out Cabrera. Kipnis ended the inning by hitting a ball to deep center that was harmless caught for out number three.
The Tribe bullpen pitched a great eighth inning, with Matt Albers coming in and allowing just one hit and keeping the score 3-2 going into the top of the ninth inning.
The Indians had a great chance to tie the game in the ninth inning with a leadoff single from Nick Swisher, with Drew Stubbs coming in to pinch run. Bourn came up next and bunted the runner to second base with only one out. The next two batters however were unable to get the key hit to drive Stubbs home, as Santana struck out swinging on a pitch up and out of the zone, while Raburn popped up a full count pitch foul for the third out.
The final score of the game ended up being 3-2. The win goes to Correia (6-6, 4.17 ERA), with the loss goes to Hill (1-1, 6.75 ERA) and the save goes to Glen Perkins (SV 23, 1.72 ERA).
The last game of this weekend series will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2:10 ET at Target Field. The Indians will have Justin Masterson (10-7, 3.72 ERA) taking the mound while the Twins will counter with Scott Diamond (5-8, 5.32 ERA).
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