Cleveland 4, Minnesota 3

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:05 PM
Location - Progressive Field
Temperature - 64°
Umpires - Home Plate - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Sam Holbrook,
Attendance - 12331

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 10 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 62-88 29-46 33-42 L1
Cleveland 62-88 34-41 28-47 W1

Recap


Indians 4, Twins 3 (10):
Casey Kotchman delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th as host Cleveland avoided a three-game sweep by beating Minnesota.

Shin-Soo Choo led off the 10th with a double and moved to third on a groundout before the Twins elected to intentionally walk both Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley to load the bases. Kotchman made sure the plan backfired, chopping an 0-1 fastball from Anthony Swarzak (3-5) back up the middle and into center field.

Esmil Rogers (3-1) picked up the win in relief for the Indians, who moved back into a tie for fourth place in the American League Central with the Twins.

Trevor Plouffe gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead in the sixth with a solo homer to straight-away center field. The ball ended up well over the fence but center fielder Michael Brantley lost it in the sun and stopped in front of the warning track, leading Plouffe to believe it had been caught as he stopped between second and third and turned for the dugout. The umpire gave him the good news.

Jack Hannahan singled through the middle in the bottom of the sixth to knot it up at 3-3.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Twins 1B Joe Mauer went 0-for-4 to drop his batting average to .321. Mauer still has an outside shot at the AL batting title, currently ranking fourth. … Cleveland activated DH Travis Hafner from the 15-day DL on Wednesday but did not play Thursday, with Santana serving as DH. … Plouffe’s blast (his 23rd of the season) was the third this month for the utility man, who had only one in August and three in July after a hot June.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   Cleveland
Esmerling Vasquez Player Corey Kluber
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.2 IP 6.0
0 Strikeouts 5
6 Hits 5
4.76 ERA 4.50
Hitting
Minnesota   Cleveland
Pedro Florimon Player Casey Kotchman
2 Hits 3
0 RBI 2
0 HR 0
2 TB 4
1.000 Avg .600

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 7 1 12 .189 14 9 2 2 1 0
Cleveland 10 0 12 .286 14 3 4 5 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Cleveland will play their next game on the road against Kansas City. The Indians have a W/L % of .393 after a win and .427 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Twins have a W/L % of .419 after a win and .409 after a loss.