Twins 9, Giants 2: Over Before it Started

There are nights where the game remains close throughout, leads go back and forth, and it's a nail biter up until the very end. Last night wasn't one of those nights, by any means, as the Twins tied a Major League record starting the game with eight straight hits and opened up an 8-0 lead on the way to a 9-2 victory in San Francisco. I can't say it any better than the play by play from MLB Gameday below, this is a beauty:

  1. Ben Revere singles on a ground ball to left fielder Cody Ross.
  2. Alexi Casilla doubles (10) on a to left fielder Cody Ross. Ben Revere to 3rd.
  3. Joe Mauer singles on a ground ball to shortstop Miguel Tejada. Ben Revere scores. Alexi Casilla to 3rd.
  4. Michael Cuddyer doubles (13) on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Cody Ross. Alexi Casilla scores. Joe Mauer to 3rd.
  5. Delmon Young singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andres Torres. Joe Mauer scores. Michael Cuddyer to 3rd.
  6. Danny Valencia doubles (13) on a line drive to left fielder Cody Ross. Michael Cuddyer scores. Delmon Young to 3rd.
  7. Luke Hughes singles on a line drive to left fielder Cody Ross. Delmon Young scores. Danny Valencia scores.
  8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka doubles (3) on a line drive to center fielder Andres Torres. Luke Hughes to 3rd.
  9. Carl Pavano strikes out swinging.
  10. Ben Revere doubles (3) on a fly ball to left fielder Cody Ross. Luke Hughes scores. Tsuyoshi Nishioka scores.

Twins starter Carl Pavano turned in another solid outing, pitching eight strong innings, scattering nine hits and giving up only a two run home run to Eli Whiteside in the 7th inning. So not only do the Twins win a blowout, but they save the bullpen while the Giants burned four relievers over 8.2 innings. This may make a difference later in the series

Studs

Everyone.

Duds

Are you kidding me?

Notes

  • Madison Bumgarner's line for the night: 0.1 IP 9 H 8 ER 0 BB 1 SO. ERA before the game: 3.21. ERA after the game: 4.06.
  • Alexi Casilla remains red hot, with a solo home run in the 9th inning. His line is now up to .268 / .329 / .379. If someone told me before this season started that Casilla would end up with an OPS over 700, I'd have taken it.
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka's double in the first inning ended up over center fielder Andres Torres' head. Torres appeared to be playing a bit shallow, but it's nice to see Nishi get a hold of one.
  • Danny Valencia was back in the lineup after missing a few games with a sore triceps. Good to know someone may be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
  • Denard Span and Jason Kubel didn't make the trip to San Francisco, so don't expect them any time soon. This delays a tough decision regarding outfielders to this weekend's series in Milwaukee at the earliest.
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