The Twins finally got back on track 15-3 against the Brewers in this seasons first inter-league game of 2010. The Twins got back to Target Field after a brutal east coast road trip going 2-5 against the Yankees, Blue Jays and Red Sox at Fenway Park where Boston broke out the brooms and swept the Twins. The Twins lost sole possession of first place briefly while tied with the Tigers. The Tigers lost to the Dodgers in Los Angeles Friday night so the Twins go back up 1 game in the A.L. Central with a 25-17 record.
I was in the car listening to the game Friday night and tuned away for about 10 minutes after catching the top of the first. When I came back in the second inning they had already scored 7 runs and it was already 7-0. I was happy about the score but not happy that I missed the scoring barrage. I probably got lured away by some old AC-DC or Van Halen song on the classic rock station. Man, I really need to get myself out of the 80′s.
The Twins had actually gone 10 games without scoring a run in the first inning prior to Friday night. But the quick start sparked a 15-run game, the most Minnesota has put up since it scored 20 times against the rival White Sox on May 21, 2009. They racked up 5 more runs in the 3rd inning.
The only Twin who didn’t have a hit in the game was catcher Joe Mauer, although he reached base twice on two walks, scored twice and was left on base 6 times. The Twins had 17 hits and 15 runs total and a whopping 20 men left on base when all was said and done.
Minnesota’s offense was sparked by Denard Span and Orlando Hudson, the one and two hitters, who had three hits a piece and accounted for six of the Twins’ 15 runs.
Pitcher Nick Blackburn improved to 5-1 on the season with the win and gave up only seven hits through 7 1/3 innings with his only runs coming off a three-run shot by former Twins outfielder Carlos Gomez. If only Gomez could have done that once in awhile in Minnesota , he’d still be a Twin.
Another high note was Twins rookie shortstop Trevor Plouffe who got his first major league hit and RBI in his first ever at bat and hit a double down the left field line much to the excitement of the fans. He went 2-5 with 2 RBI’s on the night.
The Twins and Brewers go at it again Saturday afternoon at 3:10 pm at Target Field.
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Written by Chad McIntyre