American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Minnesota|
(Friday, July 27th)
Final Score: Minnesota 11, Cleveland 0
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Scott Diamond dazzled Cleveland hitters
over nine frames to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 11-0 win over the Indians
in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field.
Diamond (9-4) allowed a season-low three hits and struck out six without
issuing a walk en route to his first career shutout.
"Any time you have a good tempo, work fast, throw strikes it's going to keep
the defense in the game," Twins outfielder Josh Willingham said of Diamond.
"And that's what happened tonight."
Willingham and Justin Morneau each hit three-run homers and Joe Mauer had
three hits and scored three runs for the Twins, who had lost four of five
"I've had good years, average years,and some not so good years," Willingham
said. "You never know, you come to the park each day play hard and let it
happen. Keep coming to the park and playing, that's all you can do."
Travis Hafner had two hits and Jose Lopez singled for the Indians, losers in
six of their last nine.
Josh Tomlin (5-8) was pegged with the loss after giving up eight runs on 10
hits in just four innings of work.
"I just didn't gave a good change up tonight," Tomlin said. "I think I made
some pretty good ptiches inside but left a few exposed over the plate and they
hit them out of the park."
Morneau's three-run homer put the Twins up in the first. Denard Span
and Mauer singled before Morneau clobbered his 12th homer of the season.
The Twins broke the game open with a five-run fourth. Alexi Casilla singled
and Denard Span beat out a bunt to put two runners on. Ben Revere's base hit
scored Casilla and Mauer followed with a base hit to plate Span. Willingham
then ripped a three-run blast to put Minnesota up 8-0.
Minnesota added three more in the sixth to make it 11-0. Casilla and Span
walked before Mauer singled to score Casilla. Willingham followed with a
single to plate Span, and Ryan Doumit's double pushed Mauer across to cap the
Diamond has never pitched more than eight innings in his career...Span had two
hits, walked twice and scored three runs...Revere extended his hitting-streak
to 10 games...Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled
list with a bruised right thumb. Danny Valencia was recalled by Minnesota to
take Plouffe's place....The Indians have been shut out five times this season
and three times since the All-Star break.
07/27 23:29:06 ET