Indians Game Information, August 6
CLEVELAND INDIANS (50-58, 3rd, -9.5 G) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (47-61)
RHP Zach McAllister (4-3, 3.42) vs. LHP Scott Diamond (9-5, 2.93)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
THE STANDINGS: The Indians were swept in 3 straight 3-game series on their recent road trip through Minnesota, Kansas City and Detroit, falling a season-high 9.5 games behind Chicago in the A.L. Central standings…Cleveland lost 6.0 games in the standings as the result of the club’s 0-9 road trip…Cleveland has been in 3rd place for 22 straight days after spending 56 consecutive days in either first or 2nd place (April 24-July 14)…of the 123 days of the Indians’ season, Cleveland has been in first place for 40 days, 2nd place for 46 days and 3rd place for 27 days…Cleveland held a season-high 4.0-game lead on May 17, but has gone 28-42 since.
THE TEN SPOT: Cleveland is one of only 7 teams in the majors to have 6-or-more players collect at least 10 home runs in 2012, as ASDRUBAL CABRERA (12), SHIN-SOO CHOO (13), TRAVIS HAFNER (11), JASON KIPNIS (11), CASEY KOTCHMAN (10) and CARLOS SANTANA (11) have all reached double-digits…SHELLEY DUNCAN is one shy with 9…the Indians trail only the Yankees (9 players) and Reds (7 players) for the major league lead.
PESTANO POSTING ZEROS: VINNIE PESTANO worked 2.0 scoreless frames on Sunday to extend his active scoreless streak to 18.0 innings, tied with JUSTIN MASTERSON (June 9-20) for the longest by an Indians hurler this season, longest by an Indians reliever since JOE SMITH strung together 19.0 consecutive spotless frames last season from June 2-15…despite retiring all 6 Tigers he faced on Sunday, Pestano was still charged with a blown save after an inherited runner scored on a sac fly – the first inherited runner to score on Pestano all season, as the right-hander has stranded 15-of-16.