8 innings of 3 run ball? I'll take it.
Samuel Deduno started the game out with by walking Austin Jackson. The whole first inning of the game was pretty ugly. Deduno would walk Prince Fielder after striking out Miguel Cabrera. He would go on to walk 4 more and strike out 5 more. He would pitch into the eighth inning, and would leave to a robust round of applause from those in attendance.
Deduno went into the 5th inning with a no-hitter in tact. It wasn't until Jhonny Peralta's double in the top of the 5th that would score Brennan Boesch, that a Tiger made it onto the base path by anything other than the base on balls.
Austin Jackson started off the eighth inning with a single, a double from Andy Dirks, and a single from Miguel Cabrera would give the Tigers 3 runs. When Ron Gardenhire came out of the Twins dugout to get his starter, Target Field exploded with applause, and as he walked off, Sam Deduno raised his glove hand thanking Target Field for thanking him for a well pitched game.
The pitching wasn't the only thing was was very good tonight. The offense collected 18 hits. The first came off the bat of right fielder, Darin Mastroianni, who promptly stole second. Joe Mauer came up and would've made it back-to-back singles, but the ball smashed into Tigers starting pitcher, Anibal Sanchez's shin, who threw out Mauer. Mauer would go on to collect 3 more hits, and a walk.
The Twins would score for the first time in the third inning, when a Justin Morneau liner to left would score Mauer and push Willingham, who also singled to second. The rally would be snuffed out there as Ryan Doumit would strike out on a foul tip.
Ben Revere led off the fifth inning with a single, but was thrown out when trying to steal second. Mastrioanni would erase that memory as he crushed a home run into the flower beds in left field.
In the sixth inning, the Twins would score three more times as Alexi Casilla would double, and Mastrioanni would single Jamey Carroll and Casilla. He would be thrown out however, trying to turn a single into a double.
The Twins would score another three in the 7th off the bat of Doumit who connected for his 14th home run of the season, bringing in Mauer and Willingham.
One more run would score in the 8th as Josh Willingham would send a sac fly to center, scoring Revere.
That's how the Twins would beat the Tigers. 9-3. Notes, studs, and duds after the jump.
Notes: Ben Revere now has enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title, and Joe Mauer stole his 7th base of the year tonight, and it he stole one last night. This is only the third time he's stolen a base in back to back times in his career, and the first time he's done it since 2007.
Studs: The whole offense gets a stud. The whole pitching staff gets a stud. The beer vendor who gave me to much change back tonight gets a stud. When you get 18 hits, everybody is a stud!