Scott Baker gave up 3 runs in 5 innings and it was a 3-2 game heading into the 9th but a combination of Nick Blackburn starting his 4th inning of relief and Pat Neshek giving up a couple of hits allowed the Indians to double the score for a final of 6-2.
Brian Buscher had 2 hits in 3 at-bats, he also scored a run. Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, and Chris Heintz were all hitless in a total of 16 at-bats. Jason Tyner, Luis Rodriguez, and Torii Hunter combined to go 5-for-10 with 2 RBI as the 1-2-3 hitters.
It’s pretty much over for the season. Not that it wasn’t over when the team was 5.5 games back of Cleveland, but now that deficit is 12.5 and the Twins show no signs of life. They’re also 9 games out of the Wild Card spot. Their record is now 69-71 and I think the goal for this season might be to have a .500 record.
There is no game today and a series starts against the White Sox tomorrow night. Look for a post about Torii Hunter’s contract situation, and possible offseason moves, in the morning.