Tribe strikes out in rubber match

Jhonny Peralta’s third inning indecision gave the Twins new life and a second chance as they went on to beat the Tribe 3-1 in the series finale. With the bases loaded and two out, Peralta fielded a grounder and couldn’t make up his mind whether he wanted to throw the ball to second or first. When he finally threw it to first base, the runner was safe and the Twins went on to score three in the inning. Jake Westbrook and the Tribe bullpen couldn’t get much help from the offense either.

Indian hitters once again had the tough task of facing Francisco Liriano. The phenom made it impossible for the Tribe to beat him twice. Liriano struck out 10 in five innings and the Indians as a team were fanned 17 times. Each Tribe hitter in be starting lineup saw at least one K in their row in the scorecard. They set a team record for most strikeouts in a game, beating the old mark of 16 in 2004 against the Cardinals. The lone Indians run came courtesy of Jason Michaels’ RBI single in the fifth. Liriano was downright filthy against the Tribe, who were lucky to beat him the first time. Indian hitters saw first-hand why this kid is a star in the making.

“He threw some pitches that were flat-out unhittable,” Wedge said of Liriano.

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