American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Minnesota|
(Monday, August 12th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 0
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Andrew Albers threw his first career
shutout in just his second big league start as the Minnesota Twins blanked the
Cleveland Indians, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field.
Albers (2-0), who pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings in his debut on Aug. 6,
gave up a pair of hits and struck out two without issuing a walk. Albers
became the first Twins pitcher to start a career with 17 1/3 scoreless frames.
"I'm not a guy that goes out there and lights up a radar gun or throws
devastating secondary stuff. But I can pitch a little bit and so far I've been
having a little bit of success," said Albers.
Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer and Brian Dozier added a solo shot for
Minnesota, winners in four of its last five games.
Danny Salazar (1-1) gave up three hits, including both homers, and struck out
five over four innings to absorb the loss.
Dozier cracked the second pitch he saw, a 92-mph fastball, into the seats in
left-center leading off the first inning to give the Twins an early lead.
Oswaldo Arcia singled to open the second then scored on Plouffe's two-run
blast to left to give Minnesota a three-run edge.
The Tribe nearly got to Albers in the fourth as Jason Kipnis scorched a two-
out single to center field. It would be Cleveland's only baserunner until Yan
Gomes reached on a bloop single to left in the eighth inning.
The southpaw from Saskatchewan retired the side in order in the ninth to seal
"Unfortunately for us, that kid put on a clinic," Indians manager Terry
Francona said. "He doesn't overwhelm you with stuff. He attacks the strike
zone with all of his pitches, any count. He dominated the game with a fastball
that I don't think ever touched 90."
The last Twins pitcher to throw a shutout was Scott Diamond, who blanked the
Indians on July 27, 2012. Diamond was replaced by Albers in the Twins'
rotation last week ... Albers is just the third pitcher since 1991 to pitch
nine innings and allow two or fewer base runners with two or fewer strikeouts
... Albers is the first pitcher to throw a shutout within first two career
starts since Clay Buchholz in 2007 ... Cleveland has dropped seven of its last
08/13 03:01:09 ET