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Twins may be a last place team in the AL Central, but they can still hit minor league pitching

Posted By Brendan Keelan On Jul 17 2012 @ 12:51 am In Baltimore Orioles | 1 Comment

Both the Orioles and the Twins came into this game, the opener of the last series between these two teams this season, with streaks. The Twins, who just suffered a sweep against the Athletics, were on a five game losing streak losing seven of their last eight. On the other side Baltimore was 7-0 versus Minnesota this season, but both these streaks came to an end as the Twins punished the O’s by an overwhelming score of 19-7.

Orioles starting pitcher in this game Chris Tillman, who’s coming off a masterful 2012 debut versus the Mariners on July 4th, showed people his minor league side by only lasting two-thirds of an inning leaving the game having given up seven runs and facing the entire Twins batting order without the inning ending. Tillman after his first start of the year in the majors was soon recalled back to Double-A Bowie and then was complaining about back spasms he was experiencing before being called back up. Maybe that’s the reason he stunk up the place, maybe it isn’t, whatever the case, he got the loss and remains winless against the Twins in his career.

Out of the 19 runs that were scored only thirteen of them were earned runs, and are the most the O’s have given up this season since earlier on versus Texas when they gave up 14 in a game. The only O’s pitcher to go an inning without giving up an earned run was reliever Troy Patton. This bullpen whom everyone said earlier this season was developing very well into a great unit started to show signs of their usual fatigue from overuse which have led to meltdowns and eventually losing seasons.

Twins pitcher Scott Diamond earned his eighth win of the season in his first appearance versus the O’s in his career and has now won three of his last four starts. Diamond came into this game with a 2.01 ERA at home this season. In another Twins note, third baseman Trevor Plouffe extended his hitting streak to fourteen games tonight.

The Twins will get other chances to test their bats against the O’s minor league system as the O’s Zach Britton, called up from Triple-A Norfolk to add depth to the rotation makes his 2012 debut tomorrow and they might see Tommy Hunter, who has been up and down from the majors to the minors this season on Wednesday.

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