Santana snaps streak

You had to know the off day would be nothing but a bad thing for the Indians. They were playing their best baseball in several months and were riding a season-high six-game winning streak until Tuesday when they fell to the Minnesota Twins 4-1. Jake Westbrook pitched great until the eighth when he allowed three runs. It was a 1-o game with two outs when Westbrook gave up a backbreaking two-run single to Michael Cuddyer that barely got past the outreached arms of Jhonny Peralta. The Indians did score off closer Joe Nathan in the ninth but that didn’t matter. The story of the night was Twins starter Johan Santana, who allowed only three Tribe hits while striking out nine in eight innings.

“Santana was as good as we’ve seen him,” said Cleveland manager Eric Wedge. “He was moving the fastball in and out, up and down, and he always has that changeup. Tonight, he had his slider working, too. He pitched a [great] game.”

The Indians were completely overmatched in this game. With the bottom of the order being Shoppach, Guitierrez, and Marte, those inexperienced guys aren’t going to have a whole lot of success against an experienced All-Star pitcher like Santana. So, the Indians were basically relying on the other six in the order to produce and it’s difficult to win that way.

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