August 13, 2013
I suppose I shouldn't make McAllister's good outing seem that easy. In the second inning, he gave up up a home run to Josh Willingham, who has owned him in his young major-league career. But fortunately that was an aberration, as after the home run Zach retired the Twins in order, and would have very little trouble the rest of his outing. He would allow a second run in the sixth, but that was a tainted run. With a runner on first and one out, Justin Morneau hit what should have been a single into right-center field. Michael Bourn cruised in to field the ball, but he allowed the ball to hop over his glove and all the way to the fence. Joe Mauer scored all the way from first, and Morneau advanced to third. That made the score 5-2 with a runner at third with less than two outs. But McAllister struck out his nemesis Josh Willingham and finished off the inning and his outing by striking out Oswaldo Arcia.
The offense did its job as well. After being completely shut down by Andrew Albers last evening, they seemed to glad to see Samuel Deduno, a more convention pitcher. The Indians loaded the bases in the third with nobody out, but only scored one run (on a Michael Bourn fielder's choice). But they kept at it, taking the lead in the fourth on a Michael Brantley single, then extending their lead with a Jason Kipnis RBI ground out. And then Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer in the sixth to make it a 5-1 game.
The Tribe bullpen again blanked the Twins, this time pitching three scoreless frames. Tonight Cody Allen, Joe Smith, and Chris Perez each pitched an inning, the three allowing just one base runner between them.
With Kansas City losing at home to Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins, the Indians jump back into second place, and is now 3.5 games behind Tampa Bay for the second wild card spot, and perhaps will be 4 games behind Oakland for the first spot.
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