Aug 2, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Samuel Deduno (21) reacts after the final out of the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
When you see your starter throw 101 pitches, you expect him to throw 60 to 65 strikes. Samuel Deduno threw 50. Obviously it didn't stop him from being effective. He only struck out one and he did walk four, but everything (okay, ALMOST everything) that was put into play found a glove. Denard Span had to go back to the center field wall for one catch, but that's about as taxing a situation as the defense ran into.
12 balls in play were on the ground, 11 turned into outs. Only one ball that was hit in the air fell in for a hit. Both of those that found grass came off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez.
On the offensive side of the ball the Twins were the kings of two-out rallies as all five runs came with two outs. Denard Span and Ben Revere came through for a pair of runs in the third. Ryan Doumit kicked in a run in the sixth to give Deduno and the Twins a little more breathing room. And finally, Brian Dozier hit a majestic, arching homer over the green monster in the top of the ninth to take the Red Sox feet out from under them and give us our final score.
To be sure, Deduno cannot continue to pitch as he did tonight and get away with it. But this evening it was the perfect mix of an inability to hit his spots while also inducing weak contact from the Boston batters. He was able to squash a couple of threats, including situations with runners in scoring position in the first, fourth, and sixth frames.
It was a great win! I firmly believe I'm a good luck charm, and will wear my Cuddyer t-shirt again when I head back tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who got involved with the live tweet action tonight, and if you want to see what you missed just head on over.
NO DUDS. NICE WIN.