The Big Guy Gets One, But The Twins Hang On
Try as he might, the Big Vegetarian was not able to power the Brewers past the Twins today…though he certainly tried, by launching an absolute bomb off Scott Baker in the sixth inning. Have the Twins played a series against Milwaukee since Prince joined the team where he HASN’T hit at least one home run?!
It was a decent win for the Twins this afternoon, but one that could have been improved upon mightily. On the offensive side, there are still way too many runners being left on base. The Twins got four across the plate in the first six innings today, but that total could have been much higher. It was nice to see Denard Span back in the leadoff spot, as I think he may have the best batting eye on the entire team (Joe Mauer included).
Pitching-wise, Baker was brilliant for five innings, then (as so often happens with him) gave up a few big bombs in the sixth. Really, Baker’s inability to pitch deep into games is the biggest factor in his never moving into that “next level” as an ace-type pitcher. Either he throws too many pitches and wears himself out, or he cruises along and then absolutely hits a wall in the middle innings.
All things considered, though, it was nice to take two of three from the Brew Crew on the road. Losing the sweep (especially in the fashion it happened) was heartbreaking, but for a team that just tries to avoid getting swept when batting first, it’s okay.
-I don’t care what people say, Miller Park’s Sausage Races are one of the funnier pre-game activities in all of baseball. Nothing the Twins do even comes close to that. Maybe next year I’ll have to get back to one of these “rivalry” games, as I have an Aunt who lives right down in the area. I suppose next year, though, the buzz will be for Brewers fans to cross the border and see Target Field. However, going the other way at least one will be guaranteed a baseball game, something you won’t be able to say here in Minny.
Preview (37-37, 2nd, 5.0 GB DET): Glen Perkins (2-4, 5.10) vs. Adam Wainwright (8-4, 3.58)