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Game 94: Indians 5, Twins 2

David Huff, stopper? It's just one start, but Huff had a fine start at a time when the Indians really needed it. This series in Minnesota is the first of seven key divisional games, and as the first game of a doubleheader, the less fewer innings logged by the bullpen the better. Huff not only kept the Twins off the scoreboard, but went seven innings. If Durbin could have finished things off the ninth, the Indians would have had practically the entire back end available and rested for the nightcap.

Asdrubal Cabrera had the big blow today, mashing a three-run homer in the bottom of the third to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. The inning was set up by throwing error, allowing Lonnie Chisenhall to reach and go to second. Ezequiel Carrera lined a singled up the middle, which scored Chisenhall, and Carrera went to second on the throw. Carrera was help at third on Michael Brantley's opposite field single, setting things up for Asdrubal.

Austin Kearns added an insurance run in the ninth with a second-deck homer off of recently-demoted closer Matt Capps. Manny Acta tried to get away with Chad Durbin pitching the ninth, but Durbin gave up two quick runs, and he was forced to bring in Vinnie Pestano to finish the game. If Durbin can't perform in these borderline mop-up roles, why is he still on the roster?





Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Huff .287 LaPorta -.048
Carrera .105 Buck -.043
A. Cabrera .094 Valbuena -.034