The Twins got off to a terrific start on Friday night, tagging Tigers starter Brad Penny for four runs on five consecutive hits, with Danny Valencia's two-run triple providing the key blow. Penny ended up throwing 43 pitches in the first, and after Kevin Slowey set the Tigers down 1-2-3 in the bottom of frame, it looked like a promising night for the AL Central's basement dwellers.
If you've watched the Twins at all this year, though, you know that hope doesn't just die, it gets hit in the neck with a shovel and bleeds out on the front lawn in front of its kids. In this case, the Twins bats went silent, and Detroit hammered away at Slowey, narrowing the lead to 4-3 in the second on a 3-run oppo dong from Alex Avila. Slowey kept working quickly and throwing strikes, which was good, but Detroit kept crushing the ball, which was bad. After a Wilson Betemit triple tied the score, Ramon Santiago blistered a 2-run homer to put the Tigers up for good. Slowey's line: 4 IP, 60 pitches, 41 Ks, some very well-struck baseballs.
Kyle Waldrop entered the game in the 5th and immediately gave up a long home run to Delmon Young, who I think used to be a Twin? (Can somebody check on that and put the answer in comments? My mom won't let me Google after 9:00.) He settled down and kept the Twins in the game, but the offense was unable to capitalize on some walks allowed by the Detroit bullpen in the 7th and 8th. Final: Detroit 8, Minnesota 4.
Studs: Valencia, Chris Parmelee (RBI single! Married well!), Waldrop (3 IP, only hit was the Young bomb).
Duds: Penny, Slowey, Nishioka (another error).
Enjoy your weekend, everybody.