MLB Game Recap - Minnesota at Cleveland
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

MIN
2
CLE
0
F
PIT
1
CHC
14
F
NYY
13
TOR
3
F
ATL
10
WSH
1
F
BAL
4
DET
8
F(12)
BOS
2
PHI
1
F
LAD
0
NYM
3
F
MIN
9
CLE
5
F
MIL
5
STL
2
F
HOU
6
KC
1
F
OAK
8
TEX
6
F
CIN
0
ARI
1
F
SD
10
COL
11
F
MIA
4
SF
2
F
TB
3
LAA
1
F
CHW
1
SEA
2
F(10)

September 14, 2019 7:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Minnesota (91-57)

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

5

0

9

8

0

Cleveland (86-63)

2

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

5

8

1

W: Graterol (1-0)

L: Perez (2-3)

MIN - HR: Sano (28) , Cruz (37) , Rosario (29)

CLE - HR: Mercado (11) , Luplow (13)

SanĂ³'s grand slam leads Twins to sweep of Indians
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:13 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) With one swing Miguel Sano sent the Minnesota Twins to a doubleheader sweep and maybe a division title.

Sano's grand slam capped a five-run eighth inning and the Twins grabbed firm control of the AL Central by beating the Cleveland Indians 9-5, completing the sweep of Saturday's day-night doubleheader.

The sweep pushed the Twins 5 1/2 games ahead of the Indians in the AL Central going into the final game of the showdown series Sunday.

"This is a big day for us. for our fans, for everybody," Sano said. "We never put our heads down. We fight and we compete."

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was obviously pleased with the way the day went, but isn't ready to light a victory cigar just yet.

"These are important games, of course," he said. "It was a lot of fun, but we've got a long way to go."

Sano's 415-foot blast on Nick Goody's first pitch ended up in the bleachers in left-center. The Twins' dugout erupted when the ball landed and the sellout crowd at Progressive Field went silent.

"It's a tremendous swing in a very challenging, dramatic moment," Baldelli said. "These are emotional games and it was a huge swing."

Sano was hitless in seven at-bats with five strikeouts against Goody when he walked to the plate.

"I came in, left one hanging," Goody said. "The guys played really well and once again....it stinks."

Eddie Rosario hit a two-run homer in the first while Nelson Cruz added a two-run blast in the sixth, giving the Twins a total of 283 home runs on the season.

"We just made bad pitches to the wrong hitters," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Hanging a couple of breaking balls to those guys hurts."

The sweep allows the Twins to make a change in their rotation. All-Star Jose Berrios, who was scheduled to start Sunday, will pitch Monday against the Chicago White Sox. Rookie right-hander Randy Dobnak will go in the series finale.

The Twins used two bullpen games to complete the sweep. Five pitchers combined to stop Cleveland's offense 2-0 in the first game.

Four pitchers worked in the second game, with rookie right-hander Brusdar Graterol (1-0) going two scoreless innings for his first major league win. Graterol hit 100 mph five times in his outing.

Friday's rainout also prompted the Indians to go with their bullpen in the nightcap, and Cleveland led 5-4 going into the eighth.

Jonathan Schoop singled off Adam Cimber to start the inning. Max Kepler hit into a force play, but shortstop Francisco Lindor's throw to first bounced into Minnesota's dugout, allowing Kepler to take second base.

Jorge Polanco's double off Oliver Perez (2-3) tied the game. Cruz and Rosario walked to load the bases, bringing Goody in to face Sano, who returned for the doubleheader after missing four games with a sore back.

Rookie Oscar Mercado and Jordan Luplow homered in the second game as Cleveland built a 5-2 lead.

Rosario homered for Minnesota in the first inning off starter Tyler Clippard in the nightcap, but Cleveland quickly tied it on Carlos Santana's RBI single and Luplow's bases-loaded walk.

Cruz's two-run homer off Carlos Carrasco in the sixth cut the lead to 5-4.

In the first game, Zack Littell (5-0) relieved starter Devin Smeltzer in the fourth and struck out two in two innings.

Taylor Rogers got the final five outs for his 26th save, but had to work out of trouble in the eighth and ninth.

"It was a gem," Baldelli said. "A tremendous performance from beginning to end. It was an absolutely magnificent performance across the board."

Polanco hit a two-run homer in the second off Mike Clevinger (11-3), who had won 10 consecutive decisions. Clevinger struck out 10 in eight innings, but lost for the first time since June 28.

The Twins' All-Star shortstop also cut off Cleveland's best scoring threat in the third when he speared Santana's line drive with the bases loaded to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Sam Dyson (sore biceps) shut down his throwing session Friday. He hasn't pitched since Sept. 3.

Indians: C Roberto Perez remained in the first game after being hit by Tyler Duffey's pitch in the seventh. The ball deflected off Perez's left arm and hit him in the face. He went to first base after being examined by a team trainer. Kevin Plawecki was behind the plate in the second game.

UP NEXT

Dobnak (0-1, 2.21 ERA) will start against RHP Shane Bieber (14-7, 3.17 ERA) on Sunday.

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Pitchers of Record

Minnesota IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
B. Graterol (W, 1-0) 2 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.000
Cleveland IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
O. Perez (L, 2-3) 0.1 1 3 2 0 81.00 9.000

Batting Leaders

Minnesota AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Polanco 5 3 3 0 1 0 4 0 2.4
E. Rosario 3 1 2 1 2 1 4 0 2.1
Cleveland AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
O. Mercado 5 3 2 1 2 0 8 0 4.8
J. Luplow 2 1 1 1 2 1 4 0 2.8

Team Comparison

MIN CLE
At Bats 36 34
Hits 8 8
Batting Average .222 .235
On Base Percentage .282 .316
Slugging Percentage 0.500 0.471
Doubles 1 2
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 3 2
Total Bases 18 16
Walks 3 4
Strikeouts 11 12
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 3 6
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 2/2 1/5
Double Plays Fielded 2 0
Errors 0 1

2019 Regular Season - Series Tied 9-9

Date Result Winner Loser
Thu Mar 28 CLE 0 @ MIN 2 J. Berrios C. Kluber
Sat Mar 30 CLE 2 @ MIN 1 J. Edwards B. Parker
Sun Mar 31 CLE 3 @ MIN 9 M. Perez C. Carrasco
Tue Jun 4 MIN 2 @ CLE 5 S. Bieber D. Smeltzer
Wed Jun 5 MIN 7 @ CLE 9 N. Wittgren B. Parker
Thu Jun 6 MIN 5 @ CLE 4 J. Berrios T. Bauer
Fri Jul 12 MIN 5 @ CLE 3 Z. Littell O. Perez
Sat Jul 13 MIN 6 @ CLE 2 J. Odorizzi T. Bauer
Sun Jul 14 MIN 3 @ CLE 4 A. Cimber T. May
Thu Aug 8 CLE 7 @ MIN 5 M. Clevinger K. Gibson
Fri Aug 9 CLE 6 @ MIN 2 S. Bieber D. Smeltzer
Sat Aug 10 CLE 1 @ MIN 4 J. Odorizzi A. Plutko
Sun Aug 11 CLE 7 @ MIN 3 B. Hand T. Rogers
Fri Sep 6 CLE 6 @ MIN 2 T. Clippard L. Thorpe
Sat Sep 7 CLE 3 @ MIN 5 Z. Littell A. Cimber
Sun Sep 8 CLE 5 @ MIN 2 M. Clevinger R. Dobnak
Sat Sep 14 MIN 2 @ CLE 0 Z. Littell M. Clevinger
Sat Sep 14 MIN 9 @ CLE 5 B. Graterol O. Perez

Game Information

Stadium: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 31,841
Game Time: 3:02
Weather: 72F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?