While the Twins were able to come back from behind more than once in the game tonight against Justin Masterson and the Indians, they just couldn't keep the momentum going into extra innings, when they dropped the game in the bottom of the 10th.
The Twins and Indians traded the lead a couple of times during the game, and it all started with the Twins scoring a run in the top of the first, off a Morneau sac fly that scored Brian Dozier (who had a pretty decent night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run scored). The Twins scored again in the second inning, with a homer to right field from Trevor Plouffe. Despite a double from Oswaldo Arcia in the same inning, the Twins left the game at 2-0.
It was the third inning when the Cleveland batters began to figure Pedro Hernandez out. After giving up back-to-back singles, Jason Kipnis came to the plate, hitting a triple to center field, tying up the game. The Indians would strike again in the bottom of the fifth, when Mark Reynolds hit a 2-run bomb to left-center field (after Michael Brantley advanced to second base on a balk, which is always fun).
Despite the Twins' best efforts in the 10th inning (including an appearance from Josh Willingham as a pinch hitter, Jamey Carroll as a pinch runner, and Wilkin Ramirez as another pinch hitter), Chris Perez was able to get the Indians out of the mess on the bases and get Wilkin Ramirez to fly out to right field to end any threats.
I will also mention that yes, in the bottom of the 8th inning, Jared Burton pitched to pinch-hitter Jason Giambi. That happened, and I don't even know how we should all feel about it. He missed a home run by just a bit, thankfully, but I mean...I guess you guys can rest easy tonight, knowing Jason Giambi is still making appearances with MLB teams.
Anyway, the best bullpen in the Bigs wasn't able to keep the Indians quiet enough tonight, and that's a shame. Hernandez also wasn't able to win his second in a row, which is also a shame but not necessarily a surprise. The Twins will look to bounce back tomorrow at Progressive Field, and make sure you stop to get all the latest information on the game!
-Brian Dozier: Great night at the plate!
-Chris Parmelee: 2-run dinger in the seventh
-Oswaldo Arcia/Trevor Plouffe: RBI!