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Game One Hundred Thirty-Two: Indians 4, Twins 3

Box Score
Win Probability Added @ Fangraphs

Highest WPA:

Joe Borowski .174
CC Sabathia .139
Asdrubal Cabrera .135

Lowest WPA:

Casey Blake -.056
Travis Hafner -.055
Ryan Garko -.018

Johan Santana wasn't himself all game long, though he regained enough of his usual abilities to blank the Indians in five of his six innings. Fortunately, the Indians took full advantage of his command issues in the first inning. Asdrubal Cabrera, who supposedly isn't as good from the right side, golfed a low inside fastball over the left field wall, Victor Martinez jumped on a high fastball to hit another home run, and after six hits and over forty pitches, the Indians held a four-zip lead after the first inning. With CC Sabathia on the mound, the lead seemed insurmountable.

It turned out that Sabathia wasn't his normal self, either. It could have been his lengthy outing in Kansas City had some lasting effect, but regardless of the cause, Sabathia wasn't breezing through innings like he nomally does. He struck out just two batters, gave up 7 hits and two walks, and was hard-pressed to finish the sixth inning. But he did his job, leaving with the Indians still in the lead. Because of Sabathia's relatively short stint and Rafael Perez needing a day off, Jensen Lewis was summoned in the seventh inning, and set the Twins down in order. Getting onto Eric Wedge's Trusted List is going to take more than one good high-leverage outing, but at least Lewis is heading towards a more meaningful role on the team. Rafael Betancourt allowed a rare run in his inning, and Joe Borowski closed the game with his usual panache.

Thanks to the Royals, the Indians now enjoy a 4.5 game lead.

Next Up: In an effort to make up for April's Snowflake Game, the Mariners are starting 8-4 Horacio Ramirez in tonight's makeup game. Confused? I invite you to investigate his peripherals. Game time is 7:05 PM.