Game 143: Twins 6, Indians 2

Mitch Talbot didn't retire a batter, and was removed very quickly into the first inning with a shoulder injury, leaving with a run in and two runners on. Justin Masterson, who was sent to the bullpen to take it easy on his innings, was brought in to essentially make a start. Craziness ensued when after Masterson entered the game; after Jason Kubel flew out, Michael Cuddyer singled. Luis Valbuena then made an error on a Jim Thome grounder, allowing another run to score. Masterson then threw a wild pitch, sending home the third run of the inning. Then Delmon Young drove home a run with a sacrifice fly. And Danny Valencia singled home a fifth run. 

But Justin did settle down, going seven innings, striking out six, and allowing just one earned run. Thanks to his "start" and tomorrow's off day, the bullpen should have no aftereffects from the short Talbot start.

The Indians scored two unearned runs in the second, when Luis Valbuena hit a two-run double off of Kevin Slowey, but that would be the only scoring the Indians could muster. Shin-Soo Choo and Travis Hafner both hit with the bases loaded in the fifth, but with no success.

 

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via www.fangraphs.com


Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Luis Valbuena .065 MItch Talbot -.176
Michael Brantley .047 Shin-Soo Choo -.143
Chris Gimenez .019 Justin Masterson -.106
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