Game One Hundred Eight: Twins 4, Indians 1

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via www.fangraphs.com

Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Kelly Shoppach .112 Jeremy Sowers -.160
Ryan Garko .099 Shin-Soo Choo -.127
Jhonny Peralta .059 Asdrubal Cabrera -.116

Jeremy Sowers again took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the Twins, and again his bid was broken up by the first batter of the inning. This time, however, Jeremy didn't get the win, as he gave up a two-run homer the next inning to give Minnesota the lead for good. Nick Blackburn, now the oldest member the Twins rotation, went seven innings, allowing just six hits and a walk. The best chance for the Indians came in the seventh, when Jamie Carroll struck out with the bases loaded.

Despite giving up four late runs, Sowers was impressive for the second straight start. The Indians are counting on Cliff Lee and Fausto Carmona to anchor the rotation next year, but they'll have to fill at least two more rotation spots from within. His body of work is still lacking, but the last two starts, along with Aaron Laffey's recent demotion, will help his chances.

 

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