Looking to salvage a split with the Oakland A’s on the road, the Twins’ bats came out swinging on Sunday and didn’t spot for pretty much the whole game.
When a team wins a game 12-4, it takes too long to review all the individual highlights (!), so suffice it to say that Justin Morneau (2-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R), Nick Punto (2-4, 2 R), Alexi Casilla (2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R), and Brian Buscher (2-4, 1 RBI, 1 R) led the attack, which featured a five-run sixth inning.
On the defensive side, Scott Baker finally picked up his eighth win of the season by going six innings and allowing just one earned run. Then, despite a large hiccup from Eddie Guardado, Breslow and Bonser turned in nice outings from the pen.
-After splitting with the A’s, the Twins could still salvage this road trip if they can take two of three from the Blue Jays in Toronto in a series starting Tuesday night. However, the Jays have been playing some inspired play these days (they have almost caught the Yankees in the AL East standings), so the games will be tough.
Preview (77-60, 2nd, 0.5 GB CWS): Glen Perkins (12-3, 3.96) vs. David Purcey (2-5, 5.53). The Twins don’t have to face Toronto’s Roy “Doc” Halladay in this series, so count your blessings for that!