The Twins snapped their one game losing streak today, beating the Indians 3-2 at Progressive Field. Carl Pavano was effective for seven innings, working out of a couple jams. His one mistake pitch to Grady Sizemore (again, he of the coffee/tea cup fame) for a home run would be the only run Pavano would allow on the day.
More after the jump.
The Twins didn't have a ton of offensive production today, but it was enough. Ben Revere knocked in two of the Twins runs (the first in the 3rd inning, and the game winner in the 10th), and Justin Morneau provided the other with a double to the center field gap in the 6th inning. They would end up with 11 hits on the day, 9 against Justin Masterson, and 2 against Chris Perez.
Of course, the 2011 version of the Twins have found it difficult to just end a game without a little drama (you hear me, Matt Capps?!), and in the bottom of the 9th, with the Twins up 2-1, Matt Capps threw a nice pitch to Jack Hannahan, who hit a solo homer over the right field wall, tying the game up and sending it to extras. And yes, yes I did say Jack Hannahan, who hadn't hit a home run in over 160 plate appearances before today. Oh, and there were two outs. You can probably see why this was so frustrating. Phil Dumatrait came in to close things out in the 10th, thankfully.
At the end of the day, though, the Twins won and that's what matters. Tomorrow night, they'll be taking on the first-place AL West Texas Rangers at Target Field (and I'll be there to watch!). Hopefully, the Twins will keep winning.
-Michael Brantley had 3 hits off Pavano today, all of them hit pretty hard.
-Michael Cuddyer and Delmon Young were the only starters that didn't record a hit today. Delmon's swings were looking mighty ugly, too.
-Carl Pavano only walked one batter, and managed to strike out three.
-Ben Revere. 3-for-5, SB, 2 RBI, including the game winner.
-Carl Pavano. Pitched a pretty good game.
-Jose Mijares. I know, right? Pitched a scoreless (and hitless!) 8th inning.
-Phil Dumatrait. New closer? New closer! (Kidding, kidding.)
-Michael Cuddyer. 0-fer, GIDP.
-Delmon Young. 0-fer and just frustrating every time I see him.
-MATT CAPPS. Allowed the game-tying HR to JACK HANNAHAN in the 9th.
Also, this should be your impression of Cleveland, all the time.