So close! Maybe Revere should have somersaulted on his way home.
In just under two years, no Twins player hit a grand slam at Target Field until French Resistance Fighter Rene Tosoni's first pitch blast in the sixth inning of a 7-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. With the win, the Twins avoid their 100th loss of the season. So tonight's finale will have some meaning, hopefully the few veterans who remain standing will put forward a solid effort and prevent the first 100 loss Twins season since 1982.
On the mound, Anthony Swarzak had a decent outing, giving up two runs in just over 6 innings. But he was hit hard again, as the Royals pounded out 10 hits including 4 doubles. Swarzak helped himself all night with his command, as 69 of his 98 pitches went for strikes and six strikeouts versus zero walks. Fortunately the Royals couldn't take advantage, leaving nine runners on base on the night. Sorry for the short recap, but I'm just off a red eye flight from San Diego...
- Rene Tosoni: 1-4, HR, 4 RBI. The grand slam provided key insurance runs the Twins would need later...
Chris Parmelee: 2-4, 2 R, HR. He continues to rake, hit his 4th home run and is now batting .351.
Trevor Plouffe: 3-4, R. Solid at the plate, but he committed his 12th error, no surprise it was on a throw.
- Ben Revere: 1-4, RBI. Provided the two plays of the night, with a nice catch in foul territory, key to keeping the Royals off the board after back to back singles opened the 7th inning. And he lined a triple past a diving Jarrod Dyson (definitely not a vacuum cleaner last night...), but was thrown out at home plate after running through the stop sign.
None, just happy to see a win.