THE FRIDAY TICKET
Twins get swept by Indians
September 18, 2011By Wally Langfellow of Minnesota Score
Black Sunday continued in downtown Minneapolis as the Twins gave up six runs in the 7th inning enroute to a 6-5 loss to the Indians. With the victory, the 2nd place Indians completed a weekend sweep of the Twins, their first in Minnesota since 2007.
· The Twins lost their eighth straight game and have now posted two different losing streaks of eight-or-more games...this was the 13th time the Twins have been swept this season and the sixth time they were swept at Target Field in 2011...only Houston has been swept more times this season with 14...Pittsburgh and Seattle have also been swept 13 times...the last time the Twins were swept at least 13 times in a season in a series of any length was 1978, when they were swept 17 times that year. (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
· Carl Pavano is now 1-1, 1.93 (28.0 ip, 6 er) with 28 hits allowed and 16 strikeouts in four starts vs. Cleveland this season...in all four starts against the Indians, he has left the game with the lead...he struck out six batters in today's game, his most since he struck out seven on April 14 at T.B.
· With his steal of second base in the first inning, Michael Cuddyer now has 10 stolen bases this season, a career-high.
· Brian Dinkelman had a career-high four hits in the game, it was the third time he has had three-or-more hits this season and the second time in the last two games...he has seven hits in his last nine at-bats.
· Jason Repko left today's game after being hit in the head with a pitch...he is being sent to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) for further evaluation.
· Luke Hughes snapped an 0-for-11 streak with his single in the second inning...it was his 17th multi-hit game of the season and first since Sept. 7 vs. CWS.
· Joe Benson picked up his first career Major League rbi in the second inning.
· Jose Mijares faced one batter in today's game (walking Kipnis to force in a run) and has now walked 30 batters in 47.0 innings pitched this season while striking out 27 batters...the Twins have now used 14 pitchers in the last two games.
· Chris Parmelee (2-for-5) has hit safely in eight of 10 games played this season.
· The Twins committed two errors today, giving the team 113 this season...it was the 20th time they have committed multiple errors in the game (9-11 record).
· Through 75 home dates in 2011, the Twins have now drawn a total of 2,952,820 for an average of 39,371 (99.8% of capacity).
· The Twins travel to New York tonight for a make-up game...A.J. Burnett will start for the Yankees in tomorrow's game in New York in place of Phil Hughes, who was scratched due to back spasms.
· The Indians have now won five straight games against the Twins, their longest win streak against the Twins since they won eight straight from August 6, 2007-April 18, 2008...they swept the Twins in a 3-game series for the first time at Target Field and for the first time in Minnesota since Sept. 3-5, 2007.
· The Indians have now homered in 16 of their last 20 games, hitting a total of 25 homers in that span...they finished their 10-game road trip with a 5-5 record...this was the ninth time the Indians have swept a 3-game series this season.
· Justin Masterson picked up his first career win vs. the Twins...he is now 1-4, 3.37 (66.2 ip, 25 er) with 68 hits and 47 strikeouts in 12 appearances, nine starts in his career vs. Min...he improved to 1-0, 1,53 (29.1 ip, 5 er) with 25 hits, 16 strikeouts and no home runs allowed in four starts this season.
· The Indians scored all six of their runs today in the seventh inning on three walks, three hits and an error.
· This was the 21st time this season (9-12 record), and the second time this series, that the Indians had two-or-more errors in a game...the four errors committed by the Indians today is their second-highest total of the season only behind their five on July 27 vs. LAA.
· Shelley Duncan hit his sixth home run in the month of September and his sixth in his last 12 games played....he is batting .341 (15-for-44) with 11 runs, four doubles and 13 rbi in that span.
· Chris Perez has converted 28 of his last 31 save opportunities and is 34 for 38 this season.