Indians deal another blow to Twins’ playoff hopes
Brantley hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the seventh inning, helping Huff and the
“Every team goes through stretches like this,” said
Brantley’s grounder into right field scored
With Brantley reversing his tracks back and forth between throws, Cuddyer finally chased him to second and made a lunging tag – but dropped the ball as both players tumbled.
“Too bad it isn’t like the NFL where the ground can’t cause a fumble,” Cuddyer said.
Cleveland took two of three from the
“Right now, it’s not working,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “For a while we said if our pitching ever catches up with our bats, we’ll be OK. Now we’re struggling with our bats, and our pitching is going along pretty decent. They need to go together.”
Huff (9-7) outpitched
“I felt strong and had good command,” Huff said. “I’m in uncharted territory. A year ago, my season finished Sept. 1. I’m not physically tired. Mentally, I’m trying to get through it.”
Brantley and Huff are two of several youngsters getting a chance with the rebuilding
“Brantley put some good swings on the ball against us,” Gardenhire said. “He’s a nice-looking player. Cabrera’s becoming one of the better players in the league. I really like watching him out there. They’ve got some nice-looking players.”
“He impacted the game,” Wedge said of Brantley, acquired by Cleveland in July 2008 in the trade that sent
Brantley said he tried to stick with fundamentals with the game tied in the seventh.
“I looked for a pitch and was able to put a good swing on it,” said the 22-year-old outfielder. “I wanted to get in the rundown so that the run would score there. Once it did, I tried to get out of it. It’s a lot of fun to do, but I was lucky this time.”
Huff held the
Huff had lost his last three starts at Progressive Field while posting a 10.38 ERA. That included a 10-1 loss to the
Brantley has hit safely in all six games since being called up Tuesday, going 9 for 23 (.391). …