After getting some momentum going by winning three out of four to start the road trip, the Indians were shut out by the Twins. It brought back shades of July 27 when the Indians were shut out by the Twins following their emotional win over Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers. Tonight, Cole De Vries and the Twins bullpen blanked the Indians on just four hits to even up the series and give the Indians their 80th loss of the season.
In the Indians' half of the first, Carlos Santana hit into a double play with two runners on to end the inning. Zach McAllister gave out and looked to be out of sync, walking two in the inning but escaping without any damage. It was a foreshadowing of things to come. The Tribe, again, got two runners on in the second inning with nothing to show for it. The first two innings accounted for three of the Indians' four hits and they managed no runs.
McAllister barely made it through the third inning. He only allowed two runs, but by the time it was said and done, he had thrown 87 pitches in the first three innings. Ben Revere singled with one out and McAllister hit Jamey Carroll. Following a double steal, Joe Mauer reached on a RBI infield single and Josh Willingham lofted a sacrifice fly to center to plate the game's first two runs. McAllister's night ended allowing two runs on just two hits with three walks over three innings and a lot of pitches.
Chris Seddon entered in relief for the Indians. Their offense never entered the game. After the second inning, Shin-Soo Choo had the only hit, a single in the sixth. Beyond that, the game was filled with zeroes and very few baserunners. Only four Indians reached base on the night, Choo, who had two hits, Kipnis, who drew the only walk, Russ Canzler and Jack Hannahan who both singled.
The Indians did get some pretty good relief work from Chris Seddon, Scott Maine, Frank Herrmann, Tony Sipp, and Scott Barnes, who pitched six innings, allowing just one run on five hits. Overall, the story of the game was how the Indians didn't generate any offense and how it looked like a game between two of the league's bottom feeders.
With the loss, the Indians fell to 59-80. The Twins improved to 57-82. Zach McAllister took the loss, falling to 5-7. Cole De Vries won for the fifth time. Glen Perkins recorded his 11th save.
Stat of the Night: The Indians finished last year 80-82. They'll probably pick up their 82nd loss sometime within the next few games.
Player of the Game: Shin-Soo Choo. The only Indian with multiple hits.
Tomorrow's Game: Corey Kluber takes on Esmerling Vasquez at 2:10 p.m.