8/23 Recap: Twins 5 – Indians 1

Player of the Game

Ubaldo Jimenez settled down after the first two innings, retiring 11 batters in a row and striking out a season high ten batters in total. Interestingly enough, Jimenez didn't allow a single until the sixth inning when his out streak was broken. He ended up holding the Twins to a very respectable two runs, although he wasn't able to pitch past the sixth.

Feathers Up

The Indians took advantage of a wild pitch in the first inning to score the first run of the game. Michael Bourn was able to go to second on a Samuel Deduno mistake and then scored when Carlos Santana singled in the same at bat.

Feathers Down

Ubaldo Jimenez likes to do things the hard way. That's why he decided to load the bases in the first inning (on a double and two walks) before striking out the side in order. While this still goes down as a scoreless inning, it is a microcosm of Jimenez's problems all season where he has not been able to pitch past the fifth inning due to high pitch counts. He tried to do it again in the second inning, but allowed three doubles while again, striking out batters for all three outs.

For some reason, Jason Kipnis was attempting to sacrifice bunt with two runners on in the sixth inning. Whether this was of his own doing or the managers call, is unknown, but the fact that he shouldn't have been is obvious. Kipnis leads the team in RBI and had a favorable match-up against a right handed pitcher. In addition, Kipnis has only grounded into eight double plays in over 500 plate appearances this season. Kipnis bunted foul twice then struck out looking, leaving runners at first and second with one out. Michael Bourn was then thrown out attempting to make up for this by stealing third and the inning ended shortly after without a run being scored. What looked to be a great start to an inning was completely destroyed by a poor "old school" call to have the best hitter on the team sacrifice bunt.

It's difficult to beat even a poor offensive team when scoring just a single run and the Indians didn't tonight.

Scoreboard Watch: With the Indians losing tonight, it would have been nice if their competitors had followed suit, but that just wasn't in the cards. Tampa Bay beat the Yankees while the Tigers beat the Mets, combining to decimate the New York City area 13-3. The other two teams the Indians are keeping an eye on played each other and were still playing at the end of the Indians game.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 – Minnesota Twins 5

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