Indians Not Faring Well in Minnesota
The Cleveland Indians have been outscored 23-5 in two straight losses to the worst team in the Central Division. The Tribe went to Minneapolis riding high after taking 2 out of 3 from the Detroit Tigers at home this week, and they went there looking to steamroll over the last place Twins. Things didn’t quite go as planned on Friday and Saturday, and the Tribe dropped both games getting shut-out and blown out 11-0 on Friday, and going down 12-5 on Saturday. The two losses drop the Indians to 50-51, and put them 5 ½ games back in the AL Central, and moves Minnesota out of last place at 42-58, 13 games behind the first place White Sox who got a lot stronger on Sunday with the addition of Francisco Liriano.
Josh Tomlin was horrible for the Indians on Friday night, allowing 8 earned runs on 10 hits in just 4 innings of work. Jeremy Accardo didn’t fare much better in relief as he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 2 innings of work. The 11 runs were far too much for the Indians’ anemic offense to match, and they were 3-hit by Scott Diamond who pitched a complete game shut-out. Diamond was on-fire and allowed no walks and fanned six batters in the process, he took the win and is now 9-4 on the season. Tomlin drops to 5-8 for the season and it may be time for the Indians to review their options at Triple-A Columbus as the back end of their rotation continues to struggle.
Saturday, Justin Masterson was equally terrible and allowed 10 runs (7 earned) on 7 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. The bullpen didn’t do him any favors either as Esmil Rogers and Tony Sipp each allowed a run in their combined 2 1/3 innings of work and put the Indians in another hole that they simply could not dig themselves out of offensively. The Indians scored 5 runs off 4 hits, 4 of which came in the eighth and ninth innings, but by then the Twins held a 7-run lead, and since the Indians can’t hit with runners in scoring position, they easily held on to that lead for a second straight victory over the fledgling Tribe.
The Indians will try to salvage a win on Sunday as they send the ever-unpredictable Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9, 4.97) to the mound to face off against Brian Duensing (1-6, 4.86) who has had his own struggles of late. The Indians continue having issues at the plate, and are in the midst of another rough spell after playing well against the Tigers. The Tribe swept the Tigers in May and went on to lost 7 out of the next 9 games and when they took 2 out of 3 against Detroit in June, they went on to lost 6 out of the next 9 games. With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Indians must make a move for a big bat if they have any hopes to stay in contention.
By Robert Gonzalez