Leave it to Aaron Laffey to stop the Tribe's bleeding again.
The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits through 6 1/3 innings to improve his record to 2-0. Through six innings though it was a three-hit shutout.
In the seventh inning Laffey loaded the bases and was replaced by Jensen Lewis, who gave up a two-run single to pinch hitter Denard Span, making the score 4-2 Indians.
Indians manager Eric Wedge then summoned rookie Tony Sipp to face former MVP Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel with the bases loaded. He struck out both to end the inning.
The Twins were used to seeing Rafael Perez and had never seen Sipp before, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“You tip your hat to the kid because he made good pitches, and also, he had the little advantage that we hadn’t seen him,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Offensively the Indians did just enough to get the win. Sheldon Ocker speculated whether the Indians heard Wedge's message through the media Saturday.
First baseman Ryan Garko said that he didn't see it, but no message needed to be sent regardless.
''I didn't see anything today, because it was a day game,'' said Garko, when asked whether he had read the newspapers or heard about Wedge's unsubtle message. ''He really doesn't have to say that. Nobody cares as much as Mark [DeRosa], Grady [Sizemore], me or any of us. We know we should be scoring more runs in these games.
Garko plated two runs in the third inning by hitting a single with the bases loaded.
WHATS HAPPENIN' IN AKRON
The Aeros had a sort of a good luck charm this weekend in the form of "Grandma Z." The 78-year-old Eastlake resident bakes all kinds of goodies for the Indians minor league players.
Under her watchful eye, Chuck Lofgren threw six innings of no hit baseball Saturday.
Frank Hermann took a no hitter into the fourth inning Sunday before Altoona Curve centerfielder Jose Tabata broke it up with a seeing-eye single in the fourth. Jason Delaney followed Tabata with a two-run home to left center field.
Aeros center fielder Jose Constanza continues to be a force out of the lead off spot. The speedster was 3-6 Sunday with three singles and two stolen bases. He also reached base on an error.
The Aeros blew an eighth inning 6-2 lead, losing 7-6 in 10 innings.
Clippers starting pitcher Tomo Ohka limited the Indians to two hits over six innings, but the Clippers still lost 5-4. They blew a 4-0 eighth inning lead.
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