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Twins Drop 10 On The Indians In The 2nd Inning

After being pulverized and demoralized this past weekend in Detroit, the carcass of the Cleveland Indians returned home tonight. Now, don’t ask me why powers that be in Major League Baseball would sanction a game in which one team was obviously deceased, but they did. So the Twins took on what was left of the Indians. And it didn’t take long to realize that, yep, the Indians are dead.

With help from an error by Jason Kipnis, Minnesota scored 10 runs in the top of the second inning. The inning started out with back-to-back home runs from Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau

Quick side question: How many people realize that Willingham has 29 home runs?

Anyway, those were the first two runs. But four batters later, the Indians were faced with men on the corners with two outs. Just retire Denard Span, and you’re still in the game.

Span hit a grounder to Kipnis, and the inning looked all but over. But you know the old saying: It’s hard to throw straight when you’re dead. Kipnis’ throw pulled Carlos Santana off first base, allowing Span to reach and for the Twins to take a 3-0 lead. Then came the avalanche.

Single, double, walk, single, new pitcher, three-run homer. That completed the 10-run inning, with eight of the runs unearned. It was the most runs scored in an inning by the Twins since June 4, 2002. And guess whom they played that day? Because that’s how sports work.

The Indians hadn’t given up 10 runs in an inning since 2009. Zach McAllister was docked with seven of the unearned runs. That is the most UnERs attributed to an Indians starter since Brian Anderson in 2003, who was also tagged for nine runs, two earned. No pitcher in all of baseball had allowed seven unearned runs since Rodrigo Lopez in 2010. But as bad as Rodrigo Lopez was for the majority of his MLB career, he probably deserved it.

The Indians have now lost 7.5 games in the standings in the past three weeks and are now 10.5 back in the AL Central. They have 28 home games left this season, so get your lying-in-state tickets now, fans!

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