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Tribe drops sloppy game to Twins, 5-3

Tribe drops sloppy game to Twins, 5-3
June 23, 2013
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Cleveland, OH — On short notice, Minnesota starter Pedro Hernandez allowed just two runs over five innings as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-3, to avoid a three-game sweep on Sunday.
Hernandez (3-1, 5.54) was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to fill in for scheduled starter Mike Pelfrey who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back.
The start was the eighth for Hernandez this season and his first since he took the loss against the Boston Red Sox on May 19. The lefty worked around six walks to pick up the win despite throwing 45 of his 85 pitches for balls.
Three Minnesota relievers allowed one run over the final four frames. Glen Perkins worked around two base hits in the ninth for his 19th save.
The Twins got on the board in the top of the first against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco. With runners on first and third following a double, wild pitch, and walk, Josh Willingham singled through the hole into left, scoring the runner from third. Following a sacrifice fly, Carrasco avoid further damage by striking out Trevor Plouffe.
The Indians tied the game when catcher Yan Gomes hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field after the first three hitters drew walks to begin the inning. Hernandez was able to work out of the jam, however, allowing just one run in the inning.
After shortstop Mike Aviles walked to open the third, second baseman Jason Kipnis doubled to left center, plating the runner from first. The score put the Indians up 2-1, with runs scoring due to walks.
Carrasco (0-3, 7.78) allowed a single and walk to open the fifth but retired the next two hitters via the fly out. He unraveled with two outs, however, giving up back-to-back RBI singles to Oswaldo Arcia and Plouffe, putting the Twins back on top, 3-2.
Carrasco was erratic through four and two-thirds innings of work, yielding three earned runs on six hits and four walks. He struck out three.
Nick Hagadone came on to retire the final batter in the fifth and worked a scoreless sixth inning as well. In the seventh, however, he struggled to miss bats, giving up two singles to open the inning, which along with a wild pitch, put runners at first and third with no outs.
Matt Albers relieved Hagadone, but immediately allowed a RBI-single to Willingham, putting the Twins up 4-2. Albers prevented further damage with a line out, followed by an inning-ending double play.
The Tribe came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh when Drew Stubbs blasted a 420-foot home run to the bleacher in left. The homer was his sixth of the season.
The Twins added a fifth run in the ninth, but it would not be needed. After Michael Bourn singled to open the ninth, Aviles grounded into a double play, quickly leaving the Indians with just one more out. Kipnis doubled off the wall in deep center, but was left stranded by first baseman Nick Swisher, who went 0-for-5 in his return from a six-game absence.
Kipnis is now hitting .400 in the month of June and has raised his season average to .278. He has nine homers on the season along with 17 doubles and 17 stolen bases.
The Cleveland Indians will travel to Baltimore to play game one of a four-game series on Monday at 7:05 p.m.Ubaldo Jimenez (5-4, 4.66) will toe the rubber for the Tribe against Orioles southpaw Zach Britton (1-1, 5.56).

Notes: Jason Kipnis has now reached base in 25 straight games. … Brett Myers will make a relief appearance for Class-A Mahoning Valley. According to Francona, he will be transitioned to the bullpen during his rehab. … 

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

User Comments

June 24, 2013 - 8:34 AM EDT
Aviles went 0-for-11 in the series batting in the 2-hole and grounded into a rally-killing double play in the 9th. The Indians really miss Asdrubal Cabrera right now.

Underwood mentioned that the Tribe has been outscored by 37 runs in innings 7-9 this year. Make it 38 after the Twins got an insurance run in the 9th. Just shows how bad the bullpen has been.

Once they get Cabrera and McAllister back, and if they can get Perez and Vinnie back to normal, this team could make a run at a wild card spot. No way they keep up with Detroit, though, not unless Verlander and Miggy go down.

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