Cleveland 8, Minnesota 2

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, September 24, 2011 1:05 PM
Location - Progressive Field
Temperature - 65°
Umpires - Home Plate - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mark Lollo, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Alan Porter,
Attendance - 26197

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 9 0
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 8 9 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 60-97 31-47 29-50 L2
Cleveland 79-78 43-36 36-42 W3

Recap

Shelley Duncan drove in three runs - including a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning - as the Cleveland Indians cruised to an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.

The win was Cleveland's seventh straight over Minnesota, which has dropped 13 of 14. The Twins are 2-17 in their last 19 games and are three defeats away from their first 100-loss season since 1982.

The Indians broke a 2-2 tie with a six-run sixth inning when they sent 11 batters to the plate. Duncan, who had a two-run double in the fifth, put Cleveland ahead for good when his fly ball with the bases loaded scored Jason Kipnis.

Francisco Liriano (9-10) came out of the bullpen to start the sixth and allowed five runs in one-third of an inning.
 
Zach Putnam (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for his first major-league win.

Cleveland pitchers struck out 13 and didn't issue a walk. Twins rookie first baseman Chris Parmelee struck out in all four at-bats.

Third baseman Danny Valencia and center fielder Denard Span were back in the lineup for the Twins. Both missed Friday's game after being involved in a minor car accident Thursday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   Cleveland
Brian Duensing Player David Huff
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 5.2
4 Strikeouts 7
3 Hits 8
3.60 ERA 3.18
Hitting
Minnesota   Cleveland
Trevor Plouffe Player Jason Kipnis
3 Hits 2
1 RBI 2
0 HR 0
4 TB 2
.750 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 9 0 12 .250 18 13 1 0 0 0
Cleveland 9 0 11 .290 8 7 8 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Indians have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .506 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Twins have a W/L % of .475 after a win and .323 after a loss.
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