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De Vries Shuts Down Tribe As Twins Win 3-0

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In the game thread, I said that Cole De Vries' key to the game would be to limit the home runs. That's exactly what he did and more, as he kept the Indians off the board entirely in leading the Twins to a 3-0 victory.

De Vries did have a couple threats in the first two innings, as the Tribe led off the game with runners on 1st and 2nd, but De Vries struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and induced a double play from Carlos Santana. Then in the 2nd, it was runners on 1st and 2nd again, but Ezequiel Carrera grounded out to end the inning. After that, De Vries allowed only one more baserunner (a 6th inning single to Shin-Soo Choo), but erased Choo with a Cabrera double play.

De Vries did have a bit of a scary moment in the top of the 3rd inning when Cabrera hit a line drive right back at him. The ball hit De Vries in the right side of his stomach, which took the full impact of the speeding bullet. De Vries did catch the ball and did walk off the mound under his own power, but you could see him cursing to himself as he returned to the dugout, he was stretching out his side during the bottom of the 3rd, and then the medical staff came out to check on him at the top of the 6th. Though he was pitching well, he was removed from the game after 6 innings having thrown only 84 pitches, presumably because of the injury.

As for the offense, the Twins got all they needed in the 3rd inning. With one out, Ben Revere singled and Jamey Carroll was hit by a pitch, and then both runners moved up a base on a double steal. Joe Mauer then came through with a single to center field, and then Josh Willingham added a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 against Indians starter Zach McAllister.

An insurance run did come in the 5th on a bases-loaded walk to Justin Morneau, but the Twins didn't need it as Brian Duensing, Jared Burton, and Glen Perkins teamed up with De Vries to shut out the Indians.

Studs

Cole De Vries (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, toughed it out for 3 more innings after getting smoked by a Asdrubal Cabrera line drive), Ben Revere (2 for 3, BB, 2 R, 2 SB)

Duds

Trevor Plouffe (0 for 3), Pedro Florimon (0 for 4)