The Twins got their first win of 2010 against the SoCal Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tuesday night, 5-3, after a disappointing opening night loss Monday night. If your name started with a J you got a home run in the game to help get the win. Joe Mauer got things started right away in the first with a two run jack off of Angels starter Joe Saunders. Justin Morneau hit a solo shot in the third and in the fourth inning J.J. Hardy hit another home run with no one on to help send the Twins to their first win of the season out in Anaheim. Michael Cuddyer went 3 for 4 but didn’t get an RBI for a good nights work. His batting average won’t likely stay at .571 but it looks pretty good after the first two games. The other two outfielders Denard Span and Delmon Young also had hits in the win.
Starting Pitcher Nick Blackburn went 6 and 2/3 innings and gave up 8 hits while walking 4 and striking out 4. The bullpen was lights out with Brian Duensing and Matt Guerrier setting up reliever John Rauch for his first save. Rauch went 1-2-3 and looked solid as the new closer. Joe Nathan is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow.
Former Twin superstar Tori Hunter even got in on the action but for the wrong team. Hunter hit a two run shot off of Blackburn in the 5th inning and had 3 RBI’s for the only Angels runs of the night.
If the Twins can keep hitting home runs like this they will win many games but the great thing about this team is that they can play small ball or big ball. The pitching staff will benefit big time this season with the hitters they have in front of them.
Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire pulled himself from the game in the 7th inning due to flu like symptoms. He finished the game in the Twins locker room more than likely getting acquainted with the visiting team facilities. The Twins finish the 4 game series in SoCal with a Thursday night game at 9:05 pm. They then hop on a plane for Chicago to take on the White Sox for a weekend series on the south side. It’ll be Jim Thome’s first time playing his former team in his home town since he was traded to the Dodger’s late last season. The Twins then head home after Sunday nights game to open up the brand new Target Field on Monday against the Boston Red Sox.
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Written by Chad McIntyre