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Delmon Young’s error proves difference as Indians edge Twins 1-0

Jun 7, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

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One of baseball’s worst fielders broke the stalemate in this one.

Delmon Young allowed Carlos Santana‘s basehit to left field to start the fourth inning get past him in left field, and Santana went on to score from third on a groundout as the Indians topped the Twins 1-0 on Tuesday night.

The play was ruled a double and an error, allowing Santana to reach third.  Francisco Liriano, in his first start back from the DL, got a groundout, a lineout to short and a flyout from there, making the run unearned.

And it turned out to be the only run of the game, as Carlos Carrasco pitched 8 1/3 innings for the Indians and combined with closer Chris Perez on a three-hit shutout.

The Twins gave up just four hits.  Liriano struck out seven over five innings in his return.  Chuck James and Phil Dumatrait finished up from there.

Young apologized to Liriano for the error after the inning, but it was partly an effort play and his effort just isn’t there on the defensive end.  Throw in that he’s hitting .225 with one homer in 152 at-bats and he’s been about as big of a liability as anyone in baseball.

  1. Justin - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Of course this is what happens when the bullpen has a stellar game. Young has been doing this lazy maneuver all year though so I wasn’t that surprised. I think he’ll be gone before the trade deadline. Oh if anyone missed the pregame warmup of the twins it is pretty funny check it out here http://minnesporta.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/twins-bullpen-pre-game-antics-2/

    • semnsportsfan - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM

      Agree entirely Justin. It figures that when the bullpen has a great game we’d have no run support whatsoever. I sincerely hope Young is gone, the sooner the better. His lazy play in the outfield has lost the Twins 2 games in the last couple weeks at least. It pains me to watch the guys play this year.

      • Justin - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:07 PM

        I really hope Gardy pulls him for the next game. If he is going 100% and has an error I am much less pissed than him doggin’ it like an idiot. The guys are competing hard too even with how their record is.

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