It All “Starts” With The Pitching

Glen Perkins.jpgAfter a tough (more like disastrous) series in Boston, in which the pitching staff got knocked around quite a bit, tonight’s great start from Glen Perkins (6.2 IP, 2 ER) was a breath of fresh air for the entire staff.

Despite falling behind early 1-0, Perkins was able to limit the Detroit runs until the seventh inning, by which point the Twins had taken the lead with three runs of their own.

Some observations from tonight’s contest:

-Just when you thought it was safe to put Jesse Crain in a tight situation…he gives up a deep bomb to center field that would have been out of nearly any other ballpark, but was tracked down by Carlos Gomez to end the seventh inning.  Phew!

-It was nice to see Matt Guerrier pitch a flawless inning, as he was really beat up at Fenway earlier in the week.  Also, Joe Nathan bounced backed from a shaky (yet effective) outing yesterday to post a perfect save tonight.

-Nick Punto now has a 10-game hitting streak and is hitting .324 on the season.  Obviously, he won’t finish the season at this pace, but even average production from him combined with his perennial web-gem defense would be a big “plus” at SS.

Preview (2nd, 52-41, 1.5 GB CWS): Scott Baker (5-2, 3.32) vs. Nate Robertson (6-7, 5.19). Baker was one of the only pitchers to have success against the Red Sox, but Robertson is a lefty, thus you never know when the Twins’ bats will dry up in the presence of the almighty left arm.

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