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Second Thoughts: Game #150 Twins 3, Indians 4

Second Thoughts: Game #150 Twins 3, Indians 4
September 21, 2012
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Pre-Game Notes:

The Indians entered Thursday’s game in sole possession of last place in the AL Central. I will leave you all to make your own conclusions and determinations about a team that was in first and is now fighting to stay out of last place. Regardless, the Indians entered Thursday’s game looking to climb out of the cellar. Once again, this game was not broadcast on STO, so I will do my best to piece together what happened for everyone. Corey Kluber got the start for the Tribe, while Esmerling Vasquez went for the Twins.

Indians Scoring Recap:

- Back-to-back walks in the fourth to Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana set the table for consecutive RBI singles from Casey Kotchman and Brent Lillibridge to put the Indians ahead 2-1

- In the sixth, Jack Hannahan tied the game at three when his RBI single scored Casey Kotchman who doubled earlier in the inning.

- The winning run came in the 10th, when Shin-Soo Choo led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a groundball from Kipnis and scampered home after Kotchman’s third hit of the game

Starting Pitching:

Corey Kluber – 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HRA

- The only credit Kluber will get for a nice showing is a quality start since the game was tied at three when Kluber left the game, but even still it was a nice start as Kluber continues to audition for the future.

- On the day Kluber had nine groundouts against four flyouts - a nice ratio - and also threw 100 pitches with 61 of them going for strikes. 

- Overall you would like to see him more efficient with his pitches but in the end he kept his team in the game and gave them a chance to win. On this team, with this starting rotation, that is a noteworthy accomplishment.


4 Runs, 10 Hits, 5 Walks, 3 Strikeouts and 10 Left on Base

- It was a banner day for Kotchman with a double, two RBI singles and a run scored on the afternoon.

- Obviously ten runners left on base is too many, and this offense has had it’s problems cashing in on their opportunities, but ten hits and five walks is at least a sign of life from an offense that goes dormant far too often


Cody Allen – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Vinnie Pestano – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Chris Perez – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Esmil Rogers – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

- A great outing for the bullpen once again. With the game tied at three in the sixth the bullpen took over and put up four zeroes and put the Tribe in a position to win.

- On a positive note, it’s nice to see Cody Allen and Esmil Rogers continue to pitch well.  Chances are Chris Perez will not be in the bullpen next year, and Rogers and Allen will both be called upon to take an increased role in the absence of Perez.

- Acta said it best when he spoke about the Indians bullpen on Thursday, saying it was nice to see those power arms come out of the bullpen “back-to-back-to-back-to-back to shut them down at the end of the game.”  Too bad that the year the Indians pen is full of power arms, the rotation is full of duds.

The Wrap:

The Indians have gone just 13-40 in their last 53 games and they have only won back-to-back games twice during that same stretch. Hopefully they are building a little positive momentum after turning in two walk-off wins in their last four games. If the Tribe wants to end the year in fourth instead of having the sad distinction of going from first to worst, they will need to play better baseball than the Twins in the coming weeks.  On Friday the Indians will begin a six-game road trip to Kansas City and Chicago before they return home for the season’s final series next weekend against the Royals.  Unfortunately, for a season that began with so much promise, frankly that ending can’t come soon enough.

This is the last Thursday game of the year, so it is my last game recap of the year.  Thanks for reading and thanks for rooting for the Tribe. Here’s to a brighter future, with better pitching and more consistent offense. Try to keep some faith and go Tribe!

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