Well, all good things must come to an end. As much as we all would have liked to believe that the Indians were going to win out in 2013, it just wasn’t going to happen. So, finally on Sunday the Indians six-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Minnesota Twins by a score of 4-2.
Things got off to a rocky start early for the Indians. In the top of the second inning, following a walk to Chris Parmalee, Trevor Plouffe put the Twins up with a 2-run homer to left of of starter Corey Kluber. The 390-foot dinger was Plouffe’s fourth home run of the season and set the tone for yesterday afternoon’s game as Mike Pelfrey and the Twins cruised to an easy win.
Two innings later, the Indians responded. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth and then stole third base following a Nick Swisher strikeout. Mark Reynolds then followed with a sac fly to deep center to cut the Twin lead to 2-1, Unfortunately, it wouldn’t last,
In the top of the sixth, Minnesota pushed the score to 3-1 when former AL MVP Justin Morneau singled to right, scoring Jamey Carroll in the process. Then, in the top of the seventh, The Twins added a bit of security. Following a two out walk to Carroll, Joe Mauer delivered an RBI double to give the Twins a 4-1 lead.
The Indians tried to get back into the game, but it was all for naught. In the bottom of the ninth Carlos Santana cranked a two out home run into the bleachers in right to once again cut the Twins lead in half. Ryan Raburn fallowed with a single to right, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of Mike Aviles. Glen Perkins would have none of it, striking out Aviles to end the threat and the game.
The Good: Carlos Santana’s solo homer in the ninth continued an impressively hot stretch to begin the year. After yesterday’s game, he now has 6 home runs, and 14 RBI to go along with a .379/.471/.690 triple slash. Not too shabby.
The Bad: The offense finally stalled today. Everyone, with the exception of Drew Stubbs, struck out at least one time. On top of that, five starters went hitless.
The “Huh?:” Did Michael Bourn fall into a black hole? How bad was the cut to his hand that he is still not back in the lineup?