This past weekend in Twinsburg, Ohio was the annual get-together for twins from across the country and the world that celebrates the fact that they were born at the same time as their brother or sister. Apparently, the Minnesota Twins got word about the party that went on because they continued right on partying with a 14-3 pasting of the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. The loss for the Tribe was their 10th in a row and their fate was pretty much sealed by a 10-run inning from the opponent.
Apologies for no recap yesterday. I didn't want anybody to think I went and put myself out of misery after Indians closer Chris Perez blew the 10th inning save by giving up five runs. As it turns out, it got darkest before the dawn as the Indians got beaten in every way, shape, and form on Monday night and it began with Zach McAllister. McAllister had a bit of a misleading ERA entering Monday's start as he had given up 11 unearned runs in just over 68 innings this season. He added seven more to that total as he was unable to make up for a Jason Kipnis error that prolonged the second inning.
The Indians drew first blood, scoring a run on a Carlos Santana double play. The Indians had loaded the bases with nobody out on an error and back-to-back singles from Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo. Twins ace Scott Diamond was able to minimize the damage with a double play and a line out. After that, the Twins rode the momentum right into a double digit inning. McAllister gave up back-to-back jacks to Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau to put the Twins ahead. Ryan Doumit doubled before McAllister recorded two outs. He walked Jamey Carroll to extend the inning and then a Kipnis error allowed Doumit to score and runners at first and second. The wheels fell off from there. A single, a double, a walk, a single, and a three-run homer later and the game was officially out of reach.
Josh Tomlin came on in relief and gave up the three-run death blow to Ryan Doumit. McAllister's final line read 1.2 innings, allowing nine runs, only two earned, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Tomlin gave up three runs of his own over three relief innings.
Scott Diamond, meanwhile, cruised through seven innings, giving up only a Carlos Santana two-run home run along with the run-scoring double play. He picked up his 10th win of the season and is now 3-1 with a 2.34 ERA in his career against the Indians. Zach McAllister's ERA only went up .18 runs due to all of the unearned runs, but he has now allowed 20 unearned runs in 30 innings. The loss was his third on the season.
Stat of the Night: The Twins scored 14 runs. That's all you need to know. The lowly, pathetic Twins. Actually, here's one. The Indians -90 run differential is the worst in the AL by 11 runs.
Player of the Game: Uh? Carlos Santana for hitting a useless home run when we were down by 12? He hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the first.
Tomorrow's Game: Some guy who's going to get lit up takes the mound for the Indians. Some other guy starts for the Twins. Game starts at 7:05.