Twins Daily: Parmelee's big day overshadowed by Indians' barrage
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cleveland Indians jumped all over Anthony Swarzak in the first two innings on Saturday, overshadowing a career day at the plate for Chris Parmelee in a 10-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Travis Hafner's two-RBI single in the top of the first inning broke open the flood gates, and a six-run barrage in the second inning chased Swarzak and put Saturday's game to bed in time for fans to catch the second half of any college football game of their choosing.
Coming off back-to-back solid starts, Swarzak was shelled for seven earned runs on seven hits and a walk in only 1 2/3 innings. The final blow came on a two-run bomb by Carlos Santana into the right-field upper deck to put the Indians up 7-0.
"Lack of command, didn't execute," Swarzak said. "Had a game plan out there and got away from my game plan a little bit. When you don't have a game plan and you're not executing, you're not going to get many outs. So I ended up getting beat around today."
The Twins jabbed back lightly against Cleveland starter Jeanmar Gomez with an RBI single by Michael Cuddyer in the third inning and an RBI single by Chris Parmelee in the fifth.
Parmelee later belted the first home run of his major league career -- a two-run blast off right-hander Josh Judy in the bottom of the eighth inning.
"It felt better than I thought, when you're thinking about it growing up and stuff," Parmelee said. "It's 10 times better. Especially in front of this home crowd. It's amazing."
Parmelee's family was in attendance, and he retrieved the home run ball from a fan in exchange for an autographed baseball.
Gomez gave up only the two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two.
If a two-run first inning by the Indians didn't bury the Twins, a six-run second inning certainly did the job.
The rally started with a triple by Ezequiel Carrera, who scored shortly after on an RBI single by Trevor Crowe. Kosuke Fukudome drew a walk to put runners on first and second, and Jason Kipnis delivered a triple that cleared the bases, putting the Indians up 5-0. Two batters later, Santana blasted a two-run bomb to make it 7-0.
Manager Ron Gardenhire then summoned right-hander Lester Oliveros from the bullpen, but he walked Travis Hafner and gave up an RBI double to Matt Laporta that put the Indians up 8-0.
8: Pitchers used by the Twins.
4: Hits for Indians' shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
.357/.455/.500: Parmelee's batting line since being recalled, including a 3-for-3 performance on Saturday with a walk and three RBIs -- this just hours after Joe Benson went 4-for-4 on Friday night. "You have to give it time," Gardenhire said. "They're going to have their days when they're overmatched. They're going to have days when it's not perfect. We've seen some of those with some of the strikeouts with Benson and things like that, but he's a game-on kid -- both of 'em are. They come here and they work early hard, and those are the types of kids you look at for your future. They get after the game and they work hard, and they're not backing down."
236: Plate appearances between home runs for the Twins until Parmelee's blast.
1: Extra-base hits for Ben Revere since Aug. 15. Revere was awarded a double when left fielder Crowe misplayed what would have been a line-drive single.
2: Scoreless innings pitched by Francisco Liriano, who made his first appearance since being sidelined with shoulder issues on Aug. 25. Liriano allowed two hits and struck out three. "He felt good," Gardenhire said. "He said it felt a little strange to be back out there on the mound, but the ball came out of his hand pretty good."
7: Consecutive losses for the Twins, who now sit 59-91 on the season.
• 3B Danny Valencia missed his second straight game due to a flu bug.
• OF Jason Kubel (sprained foot) may not travel to New York on Monday for the Twins' make-up game against the Yankees. He is currently limited to pinch-hitting duties, "at best," Gardenhire said.
• C Joe Mauer (pneumonia) is out for the season, and he "is told to stay (at home) and do nothing," Gardenhire said. "They told him to stay home. He's got pneumonia, they don't want him out."
• 1B Justin Morneau is still dealing with a flu bug, "not to mention the other stuff he's still going through," Gardenhire said. It's looking more and more like the first baseman will not play the rest of the season, but the team has not ruled it out quite yet.
The Twins hope to avoid another sweep on Sunday (1:10 p.m., 1500 ESPN) when right-hander Carl Pavano (8-12, 4.50) faces right-hander Justin Masterson (11-10, 3.20)
Pavano's ERA is not indicative of how he's pitched this season. Despite giving up the most hits of any pitcher in baseball whilte posting one of the lowest strikeout rates, Pavano owns a 4.16 FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching), which is just a few points higher than the 4.02 mark he posted in 2010. Pavano has been plagued in large part by poor infield defense. His job is to induce groundballs, and he has done so -- 11 or more, in fact, in eight consecutive games.
Masterson appears to be sputtering toward the finish line, having allowed 14 earned runs over his last three starts (7.00 ERA), but he's having a career season in every major category. Masterson has faced the Twins three times this season, posting a 1.54 ERA with 13 strikeouts and only one walk in 23 1/3.
• Monday: @ Yankees, 12:05 p.m. RHP Carl Pavano (8-12, 4.50) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.71)
• Tuesday: vs. Mariners, 7:10 p.m. RHP Liam Hendriks (0-2, 6.00) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (8-13, 4.38)
• Wednesday: vs. Mariners, 1:10 p.m. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-6, 6.51) vs. RHP Michael Pineda (9-10, 3.72)