I think we're going to see Liam Hendriks in a Twins uniform for quite some time.
Way back on April 7th, the Rochester Red Wings opened their season with the following lineup:
1. Ben Revere - CF / 2. Brandon Roberts - LF / 3. Trevor Plouffe - SS / 4. Brian Dinkelman - DH / 5. Jeff Bailey - 1B / 6. Rene Tosoni - RF / 7. Matthew Brown - 2B / 8. Chase Lambin - 3B / Rene Rivera - C.
Five of these players (in bold) were in last night's Twins lineup. But it gets better, in addition to the five Red Wings, Chris Parmelee and Joe Benson were in the opening day lineup for the New Britain Rock Cats, and both made their Major League debut with the Twins last night.
So I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that the Twins were shut out for the second straight game by the Chicago White Sox and starter Jake Peavy. Which is a shame, because Twins starter Liam Hendriks was pretty good in his debut, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings, striking out four. A hanging slider that Alex Rios hammered for a solo home run was the only big mistake of the night for Hendriks, otherwise you have to like what you saw from the rookie.
Offensively, what can I say? Six hits, including one double, 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, 14 (!) strikeouts against two walks. Pretty sad state of the lineup at this point, although it may do the Twins more long term good to give the rookies some serious playing time down the stretch. I'm not going to bother with studs and duds this morning, consider Hendriks and Chris Parmelee (2-4 in his MLB debut) to be the only studs on the Twins side.