Player of the Game
Today’s ‘Player of the Game’ was Grady Sizemore, who’s second home run of the season was the only bright spot in today’s game. Sizemore’s 1-4 performance earned him a ‘Player of the Game’ score of 4.20.
Fausto Carmona and Chad Durbin combined for 7 innings pitched and 10 runs allowed, adding up to a ‘POG’ score of -11.55.
The Twins have added more radiant heaters around the ball park so their fans won’t be as cold when they are walking around the concourse. This is more a positive for the Twins, but everything in this game was more positive for the Twins. If Fausto would have had more control over his heaters, it could have been a little different.
Grady Sizemore homered giving him 2 on the season in only 23 at bats. He also has 5 RBI already and is hitting .391. This is a good start at trying to make up for lost time.
Fausto Carmona allowed 6 runs on 7 hits, although he only allowed one extra-base hit (a double by Jason Kubel). It seemed that the Twins figured out Carmona in the third inning and started taking him the other way and up the middle, instead of trying to pull the ball. These well placed singles in addition to some wildness by Carmona (4 walks and a wild pitch) lead to the Twins 6 runs in the first 5 innings.
After Fausto was taken out if the game, with the score 6-1, Chad Durbin (0-1, 7.56 ERA) was brought in for relief. Durbin took game that would have been hard to win, and made it impossible to win by allowing 4 runs on 4 hits, including a double and a home run. The Twins had been the lowest scoring team in the American League previous to today, but with their lineup it was obvious they would come out of it eventually. It just happened to be today, against Carmona and Durbin, that they broke out.
The Twins were able to steal any base they wanted today, adding to what has been a growing problem with this Indians team. It started against the Royals, but has continued today against Minnesota. Indians pitchers need to start paying closer attention to base runners, just to give Carlos Santana a shot at throwing them out. Today, the Twins stole 2 bases, the worst of which was when Michael Cuddyer stole second, leaving first well before Carmona had started his wind-up.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3, Minnesota Twins 10
The Indians are now 3-5 against the AL Central and 10-2 against the rest of the league. The next 7 games are against the Central Division.