Indians Game Information, August 8
CLEVELAND INDIANS (50-60, 3rd, -10.5 G) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (49-61)
RHP Justin Masterson (7-10, 4.78) vs. LHP Brian Duensing (2-6, 4.39)
First Pitch: 12:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: N/A Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
BEAT THE STREAK: The Indians have lost a season-high 11 straight games, the longest such streak for Cleveland since dropping 11 straight from Sept. 13-24, 2009…the longest losing streak in franchise history is 12 games, which occurred May 7-21, 1931…Cleveland has been out-scored 95-36 during the current 11-game skid…offense batting .224 (84-375), including .205 (16-78) w/ RISP…pitching staff has a 7.54 ERA (79 ER/94.1 IP) and .333 (133-400) avg. against…starters: 0-8, 10.44 ERA (58 ER/50.0 IP), .358 (81-226) avg., 34 K’s/26 BB’s…relievers: 0-3, 4.26 ERA (21 ER/44.1 IP), .299 (52-174) avg., 27 K’s/19 BB’s.
UNEARNED ATTENTION: The Indians pitching staff was charged with 5 unearned runs last night after absorbing 8 unearned runs on Monday…according to available research, it appears to be the first time for Cleveland to allow 5+ unearned runs in consecutive games since taking back-to-back 9-6 losses to the Browns on Aug. 5 & Aug. 6 (G1), 1944 at St. Louis…Cleveland hurlers have shouldered 51 unearned runs overall this season, 3rd-most in the A.L. and 4th-most in the majors…despite being charged with 4 errors over the past 2 games and 8 errors over the last 7 games, the Indians still own the 5th-best team fielding pct. in the majors at .986 (60 E/4173 TC).
GETTING COLDER IN MINNESOTA: Cleveland has gone 3-7 against Minnesota in the 2012 season series, losing each of the last 7 meetings after winning the first 3…offense has been held at a .237 (80-337) clip vs. the Twins this season (.231 w/ RISP) and 3.8 R/G (38R/10G)…Indians staff has a 5.17 ERA (50 ER/87.0 IP)…Cleveland has been outscored 67-38…Tribe went 11-7 against the Twinkies in 2011.