Until the seventh inning of Saturday’s Twins-Royals matchup, both teams had seen their starters struggle but gotten enough big hits to overcome it. Blackburn gave up a few bombs to Rick Ankiel, while the Twins did all their damage in the second inning, including a monster straight-away-center jack from Jim Thome.
Just after Stretch time, though, Orlando Hudson (batting righty) launched a mammoth home run that hit the facing of the second deck out in left field. I didn’t realize that the 32-year old Hudson had that in him! From that point, it was Matty Guerrier for a perfect eighth and Jon Rauch for the Guardado-type (aka tenuous) save.
Another series win already in the books, with a sweep now firmly in the sights.
-I know that it’s still just April, but I’m already ready for the Yankees to come to town in late May. Mark my words: If a sweep happens in that series, it won’t be by the visiting team.
Preview (9-3, 1st, 2.5 GA DET): Luke Hochevar (1-0, 2.84) vs. Carl Pavano (2-0, 1.38).