"Son of a ...."
Cole DeVries had a rough start his last time out--7 earned runs in only 1 1/3 innings--and was looking to bounce back in today's game against the Tigers. What happened, however, was not quite the bounce back I'm sure he was looking for. Four earned runs in 4 innings pitched, with 8 hits given up, as well as two walks. Included in those hits were two home runs, one to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning with no one on base and one to Delmon Young in the fourth inning, with one runner on. As has been seen all season, the greatest problem with today's game was the pitching. If the team had better pitching this season...well, who knows what the AL Central standings would look like right now.
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The Minnesota offense just couldn't figure out Max Scherzer today. I feel like many of the game recaps I write begin or contain that sentence, and in a season full of frustrating things, this continues to be frustrating. This offense has put up lots of runs in the past, and is capable of being pretty decent, but today just wasn't one of those days. Ben Revere and Joe Mauer each managed two hits, and Darin Mastroianni and Justin Morneau were both able to notch one hit apiece, but every other Twin was hitless today. Those are just bad numbers. Joe Mauer, of course, was responsible for the Twins' one RBI, because he's Joe Mauer.
The bullpen pitched 5 innings of good-enough ball today, as Jeff Manship, Jeff Gray, and Glenn Perkins combined for 4 hits and one earned run in those five innings. Gray managed to strike out one, and that was pretty much the extent of the bullpen's efforts today. No walks again, though, which is very encouraging.
Overall, another forgettable effort in a season unfortunately rife with them. Here's to better games this weekend.
-Joe Mauer/Ben Revere
EDIT: Also of note, Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game today against the Tampa Bay Rays. Perfect games are always exciting, but it's good to see such an underrated pitcher achieve such a great accomplishment. Head over to Lookout Landing, the wonderfully written SBN blog, to learn all about King Felix' amazing day.
Next up: The Twins take on the Seattle Mariners on Friday at Safeco. The game starts at 9:10 pm CST. Pitchers for the game have yet to be determined.