Player of the Game
Shelley Duncan won his 2nd “Player of the Game” in 2 games with a score of 4.48. Duncan singled in the first inning and hit a 2-run home run in the third. Duncan now has 11 award on the year, tying him for 2nd best on the team. This is very impressive seeing that he spent part of the year in the minor leagues and was never really considered to be an everyday player.
Shelley Duncan continues to stay hot. Duncan homered on a line drive to left field, giving him 2 more RBI on the season. This was Duncan’s 7th home run in the month of September.
Fausto Carmona concluded his 2011 season, pitching 6.1 innings. Carmona didn’t exactly have his stuff today, but he kept his team in the game. Carmona gave up 4 runs on 7 hits, striking out 3.
The Indians paid tribute to Jim Thome by letting him play third base in the top of the 9th inning. Thome started his career as an Indian at third base in 1991. Thome only played third base today for one pitch as the fans gave him a standing ovation both when he entered the field and when he ran off the field.
The Indians began their last home game of the season with a horrible play. Shelley Duncan came in too far on a fly ball, which then went over his head, allowing Denard Span to get a double. The was a routine fly ball that should have been caught. Span would later come around to score in the inning.
Tony Sipp was unable to keep the Twins from scoring in the top of the 10th inning. Sipp gave up a home run, a double, and a single, allowing Minnesota to score 2 runs and win the game.
Final Score: Minnesota Twins 6 – Cleveland Indians 4