CLE 8, MIN 1: Salazar Dominates, Cleveland Hits 5 HRs
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Bartolo Colon limited Cleveland to three runs over 5.0 innings, but was incredibly lucky to do so. All three runs were scored on solo homers, but Colon also walked four batters and gave up seven hits. In the first inning, Cleveland got a man on second with no outs and could not score. In the second, they loaded the bases with nobody out and could not score. They had runners at the corners and one out in the third, but Bartolo induced an inning-ending double play.
Their luck turned in the seventh inning. Alan Busenitz retired the first two batters of the inning, completing 1.2 frames of scoreless work, as Buddy Boshers was brought in to face lefty Jay Bruce. Buddy got up 0-2, ever so close to closing out the inning, but ended up walking Bruce. Carlos Santana hit a swinging bunt single before Austin Jackson blasted a home run to put Cleveland up 6-1.
Since returning from the DL in last July, Salazar has been one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball. He struck out 10 Twins over 7.0 innings, allowing just three hits and he didn’t walk anybody. Not much anyone could’ve done to overcome that kind of a pitching performance.
Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler each had a double and Buxton had an RBI single. Those were the Twins only hits of the game. They drew no walks. Not much offense.
There were, however, a couple of the best defensive plays the Twins have made all season Tuesday night. Buxton made the first Torii Hunter-esque theft of his career, robbing Edwin Encarnacion of a homer.
And Miguel Sano made probably the finest play of his career, featuring a loooong throw across the diamond.
Postgame With Molitor
Twins W-L Record
Overall: 59-58 (.504)
Last 10: 7-3 (.700)
Last 20: 10-10 (.500)
Last 40: 19-21 (.475)
Last 80: 39-41 (.488)
AL Central Standings
Kansas City 60-58 (-5.5)*
Minnesota 59-58 (-6.0)
AL Wild Card Standings
WC1: Yankees 63-55
WC2: Kansas City 60-58*, Angels 61-59
Minnesota 59-58 (-0.5)
Tampa Bay 60-61 (-1.5)
Baltimore 59-60 (-1.5)*
Seattle 59-61 (-2)*
*Tuesday game still in progress
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
WED: Twins (Kyle Gibson) vs. Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco), 7:10 pm CT
THU: Twins (Jose Berrios) vs. Cleveland (Mike Clevinger), 12:10 pm CT
FRI: Twins (TBD) vs. Arizona (TBD), 7:10 pm CT
Question of the Day
Glen Perkins has joined the Twins, and it appears he’ll be activated off the DL sometime soon. Who would you remove from the bullpen to make room for Perkins?