MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 10: Samuel Deduno #21 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates after completing the top of the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians on September 10, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Samuel Deduno didn't give up a hit for 5 innings. He was outstanding. Again. He struck out six Indian hitters in 7 innings, and the big thing for Deduno was that he only walked three of them. It wasn't until Michael Brantley ran into a cutter that Cleveland had their first hit. After that, Carlos Santana hit a sacrifice fly, that scored Shin Shoo Choo, who had walked earlier in the inning.
Tyler Robertson and Kyle Waldrop both pitched perfect innings in the 8th and the 9th respectively to give the Twins the win.
The Twins scored 7 runs tonight, and the first one came in the 4th inning. Alexi Casilla led off the inning by beating out an infield single, and advanced to third when Joe Mauer singled right after he did. Justin Morneau came up and hit a sac fly to score Casilla. The rally fell short though, as Josh Willingham grounded into a double play.
In the 6th inning, the Twins scored two more runs as Pedro Florimon hit a lead off triple, and scored when Ben Revere hit a fastball up the middle. He advanced to third as Casilla and Mauer both grounded out, but scored on Justin Morneau's single.
It was in the bottom of the very next inning where it all fell apart for Cleveland. After getting Trevor Plouffe out on two pitches, Matt Carson beat out an infield single, and was brought home on a Pedro Florimon double. He advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch. Casilla drew a walk, and promptly stole second. He scored on Joe Mauer's single.
The last run scored in the 8th inning when Ryan Doumit crushed a slider to dead center for his 16th home run of the year. The Twins ended up winning tonight 7-2. Studs and duds after the jump.
Studs: Joe Mauer, Alexi Casilla, Ryan Doumit, Pedro Florimon, Samuel Deduno, Kyle Waldrop, and Tyler Robertson.
Duds: Not really any duds tonight.
Notes: Tonight, with his home run, Ryan Doumit established a new career high in home runs, and he also established a new career high in plate appearances and at-bats. So, good for him.