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Torii Hunter's big night leads the Minnesota Twins over the Cleveland Indians

NOT his best night . . .

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Twins 9, Indians 3

box score

Indians fall to 10-18

Everybody's favorite, Rick Manning, said it best . . . "Trevor just doesn't have it tonight."  When you combine Bauer's struggles with more shaky bullpen work, you're left with another discouraging loss, this time a 9-3 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Twins.

Bauer was not sharp and left too many pitches out over the center of the plate.  The Twins took advantage, racking up nine hits and five runs off of Bauer.  Terry Francona spotted the trend early enough, pulling Bauer after only 81 pitches and five innings of work.

Torii Hunter had a big night, finishing 4-4 with four RBI's, and started off the damage with a double in the first.  He later scored on a Joe Mauer single for the game's first run.  The Twins plated single runs in the second and fourth innings, and Hunter added a solo homer to the left field bleachers in the fifth.

The Twins really opened up their lead in the sixth. Kurt Suzuki doubled to the left field wall, knocking out Bauer.  Nick Hagadone came on and again flashed his big arm (including a beautiful 97 mph riding fastball for a strikeout) and his maddening inconsistency.  Hagadone gave up a single and walk and also got a bit unlucky when Carlos Santana couldn't get an out on Jordan Schafer's safety squeeze drag bunt.  Zach McAllister relieved Hagadone and promptly gave up up a three run double to that Hunter guy, pushing the Twins lead to 8-2.

Twins starter Mike Pelfrey nibbled and nibbled and nibbled some more, but ultimately was effective enough.  Pelfrey went seven innings, allowing six hits and two runs.  He did rack up zero strikeouts, so the Tribe's low BABIP will sink a few ticks more.

Tribe bright spots included Michael Bourn looking comfortable at the plate and reaching base three times (one hit and two walks), a Michael Brantley blast in the eighth inning, and two scoreless innings of work from Anthony Swarzak (not ideal when this is one of the top bright spots).  It was also nice to see a decent crowd at the Prog, and it sure looked like there were more than 19k at the game.  I guess it's possible the new norm for looking like a lot of fans is sub-twenty thousand.

The Indians are scheduled to start lefty Bruce Chen tomorrow.  Chen, who will be making his first appearance for the Tribe, has been solid for Triple-A Columbus, going 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA, 23 strikeouts, and only three walks.  Phil Hughes is the Twins' scheduled starter.  Game time is set for 4:10 ET.

Tweet of the Night

Tito on Torii Hunter and what he brings to a team.  He sure looked like he was having fun tonight.

Win Expectancy Chart


Source: FanGraphs

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