The Indians skipped David Huff's last turn in the rotation in order to keep his innings down, since Huff was on track to blow by his 2008 innings total. The rest apparently helped, for Huff pitched of his best games as a pro, allowing just an earned run in seven innings on six base runners (2 hits, 4 walks). This was David's fourth start against the Twins this season, so his success certainly wasn't due to unfamiliarity.
Meanwhile, the Indians face Nick Blackburn for their fourth time this season, and while they didn't have the kind of success against him they had previously, they did take the lead in the seventh while he was still on the mound. Michael Brantley pushed across the go-ahead run with his second single of the game. Brantley has gotten a hit in each of his first six games as a pro.
Tony Sipp and Kerry Wood finished things up with two scoreless innings between them. Sipp has given up one earned run since August 1st, and Wood, although he's had very few save opportunities since the beginning of August, he hasn't blown any of them. The bullpen, which had been a disaster, is now one of the stronger parts of this team.
Next Up: Hunter vs. Carrasco, 6:05 PM
The upload blew up, so here's a link to the graph.
|Highest WPA||Lowest WPA|
|David Huff||.285||Shin-Soo Choo||-.130|
|Michael Brantley||.212||Matt LaPorta||-.126|
|Asdrubal Cabrera||.111||Andy Marte||-.083|