The Minnesota Twins have now dropped two in a row to the Cleveland Indians, and now find themselves in the midst of a four game losing streak. Last night, the Twins picked up where they left off on Wednesday. After scoring five quick runs in the first Wednesday, their bats went cold and they went scoreless.
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Cleveland opened up the scoring early as Zach Walters connected with a Ricky Nolasco pitch and sent it 433 feet over the wall in right center. The Indians would head to the bottom of the second inning with a 1-0 lead.
Again in the fourth, Cleveland would strike again. A Jason Kipnis double to deep right would score Carlos Santana. Mike Aviles then followed up with a base hit of his own scoring Kipnis from second. The Indians now were comfortably ahead with a 3-0 lead.
Both teams bats would then go cold as the scoring would cease until the seventh inning. In the seventh, it was a Michael Bourne single that would score Chris Dickerson and put Cleveland up 4-0. For good measure, Mike Aviles hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to give the Indians the 5-0 victory.
T.J. House was solid for the Indians twirling 5.1 innings while striking out five and walking three. More importantly, he gave up no runs and only four hits. Nolasco had yet another rough performance for the Twins. He did strike out six while only walking one, but gave up eight hits which turned into four earned runs.
Samuel Deduno was charged with the solo home run to Aviles as he pitched the ninth for the Twins.
Check out the official box score for a full statistical breakdown.
The two teams are back at it today at Target Field for a day game with the first pitch scheduled for 12:10pm. With rain falling throughout the Twin Cities however, this one looks like it may be tough to get in.