The Twins took their second series in a row after defeating the Cleveland Indians 6-3 today. Scott Diamond picked up his team leading 4th win with a 7 inning performance, giving up 0 ER on 7 hits and 93 pitches bringing his ERA down to 1.86 on the year. Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless 8th and Matt Capps finished the 9th for his 12th save.
The Twins were able to score in the early innings via “small ball” with bunt singles and aggressive base running. A very encouraging thing to see being that they had a lot of success manufacturing runs back when they were a winning ball club a few years ago.
Brian Dozier struggled today at shortstop committing 2 errors dropping his fielding % to .965. Dozier could’ve been charged with another error on a play he mis-fielded but was ruled a hit instead.
Joe Mauer went 1-3 with an RBI single in the 1st but suffered a mild strained thumb and had to leave the game in the 7th after he struck out. He is listed as day-to-day.
Look for Nick Blackburn to be making a comeback to the rotation soon as Gardy may insert him in for Pavano’s next start as he is dealing with a sore shoulder.
With the win, the Twins improve to 20-33, 10.5 games out of first and only 2.5 games behind the A’s for the worst record in the AL.
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Written by Mike Schlottman
Mike is graduate of St. Olaf College and has been blogging about the Minnesota Twins since 2012.