MINNEAPOLIS: How many things can a manager try when his team falls into a hitting slump, a pitching slump or both simultaneously?
“All I can do is prepare myself for each game as well as possible, so I can put my players in the best position to succeed,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “That’s the only thing I can control.”
Nevertheless, Acta also knows the score.
“A manager’s record is always zero [wins] and however many losses the team has,” he said. “We lose every single one of those. But managers understand that.”
Acta was not anticipating the Tribe’s latest swoon.
“My opinion: I was expecting us to play better than we have,” he said. “I was not expecting to take a step back. As of now, we haven’t met our expectations at either end [pitching, hitting].”
RUNNING WILD — The Twins stole nine bases in the three-game series against the Tribe, including five Sunday, four of them on double steals.
Ben Revere stole two Sunday and three for the series.
Three of Sunday’s steals came with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound, who said, “I tried to execute pitches and take care of the runners, but those guys are really fast. If Revere wants to steal a base, he’s going to do it.”
TO THE RESCUE — Brian Duensing stepped into the breach when Francisco Liriano was traded to the White Sox late Saturday for minor leaguers Eduardo Escobar, and infielder, and lefty Pedro Hernandez.
The Twins have used Duensing primarily out of the bullpen this year, but he started against the Tribe on Sunday for the fifth time this season.
FARM FACTS — Jared Goedert hit his 10th home run of the season and singled, driving in two runs, as Columbus beat Rochester 8-5. Matt LaPorta had two RBI with a double and single, Ezequiel Carrera had three hits and three RBI, and Gregorio Petit had three hits and drove in one run. Jeanmar Gomez (4-2, 3.54 ERA) gave up four earned runs (five total) and seven hits in 6? innings, striking out eight. ... Jesus Aguilar had three hits, including a double, and three RBI in Carolina’s 8-4 win over Wilmington. Anthony Gallas hit his seventh home run of the season, a grand slam. ... Jose Ramirez, Luigi Rodriguez and Alex Lavisky each had two hits in Lake County’s 6-5 win over Dayton. ... Joe Sever homered, singled and drove in two runs as Mahoning Valley defeated Brooklyn 3-2.
— Sheldon Ocker