Twins Fail to Drive 'em Home; Fall to Indians 2-1

Is this really the same team that led the majors last season with a .305 batting average with runners in scoring position (RISP)? This afternoon in Cleveland, the Twins wasted a solid start from Nick Blackburn (6.1 IP, 2 R) by going an astounding 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position. And it could have been worse. If it weren't for a Fausto Carmona wild pitch in the 4th inning, the Twins would have been shut out.

Inning after inning, the opportunities came. It was just that painful.

1st inning: Denard Span on 2nd, one out. Joe Mauer grounds out (0-1), Span does not advance. Justin Morneau walks; Jason Kubel grounds out weakly to first (0-2).

2nd inning: Michael Cuddyer on 3rd, Joe Crede on 2nd. Nobody out. Piece of cake to get at least one run, right? Mike Redmond lineout (0-3). Alexi Casilla strikeout (0-4), big surprise there. Denard Span groundout to the pitcher (0-5). End of inning, three totally unproductive outs.

3rd inning: Orlando Cabrera on 2nd, one out. Morneau groundout (0-6), barely beat out a double play, Cabrera to third. Kubel with another weak groundout (0-7) to the pitcher, end of inning.

At this point, three innings, zero runs. 0 for 7, with a lot of weak outs.

4th inning: Cuddyer double, no one out. Crede strikeout (0-8), Cuddyer steals third. Redmond groundout with the infield in (0-9). Finally, a Carmona wild pitch scores Cuddyer. Twins on top 1-0.

5th inning: Cabrera on second, Mauer on first, one out. Morneau grounds into fielder's choice (0-10). Kubel lineout (0-11).

6th inning: Cuddyer on second, two out. Casilla grounds out (0-12).

8th inning: Carlos Gomez on second, two out. Crede strikes out (0-13).

Yuck. That's the story of the game right there. 11 at bats with runners in scoring position over the first five innings. No hits, not even a productive out to advance the runner or drive in with a sacrifice fly.

Studs and duds after the jump. I'm going to throw up now.

Studs:

1. Michael Cuddyer: 2 for 3, double, walk, run. Also threw out Grady Sizemore on a first to third in the bottom of the first inning.

2. Nick Blackburn: Bounced back with 6+ solid innings. More baserunners (7 hits, 2 walks) than you want to see, but he got out of a few jams.

3. Orlando Cabrera: Hot start with the Twins continues. 2 for 3 and a nice sacrifice bunt.

Duds:

1. Jason Kubel: He ended three separate innings with runners in scoring position without even getting the ball out of the infield.

2. Mike Redmond: 0 for 4, two chances with a runner on third and less than two outs. Of course he didn't manage a fly ball.

3. Alexi Casilla: 0 for 3, strikeout. Batting average is now down to .163.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Twinkie Town

You must be a member of Twinkie Town to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Twinkie Town. You should read them.

Join Twinkie Town

You must be a member of Twinkie Town to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Twinkie Town. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker