MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 9: Ben Revere #11 and all the Minnesota Twins celebrate a walk off home run by Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field on September 9 2012, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeat the Indians 8-7. (Photo by Marilyn Indahl/Getty Images)
I've been working on a project for work all weekend, so I'm just getting to the recap of this fantastic finish now. Justin Morneau homered twice, including the walk-off home run, which we'll get to in just a moment. When talking to someone earlier about the game, she suggested I recap thusly:
"BOOM TWINS WON AND JUSTIN MORNEAU WAS AWESOME"
- Ali Anderson (hilarious Twitter personality)
Now, there's no real possible way I could put it better than that.
Chris Parmelee is putting together an incredible September, again, and came through in the seventh with a two-run single that, at the time, gave Minnesota a 7-6 lead. Parm is 15-for-42 (.357) in 12 games since his latest return to the bigs, adding three doubles and a trio of homers to his line. He's also driven in 11 runs.
It's easy to brush his performance off. He did this last September then struggled with the Twins early in the year. But he dominated Triple-A pitching this season, and it also seems likely that he's sort of picking up with Major League pitchers where he left off with the Minor League ones. At least that's what the optimist in me thinks. Like Trevor Plouffe's hot stint earlier this season, Parmelee's potential to contribute offensively is like a light in the darkness.
It's worth mentioning that Morneau also homered earlier in the game, taking an 0-2 pitch in the bottom of the third and launching it into right field. It was a two-run shot that closed the gap to 4-3. But it was his second home run of the afternoon that really wound up the crowd.
Vinnie Pestano left a fastball middle in, and Morneau hit the ball so hard you could have drawn a straight line from his bat to where the ball landed just inside the right field foul pole. It was Justin's 19th home run of the season, and his season line is now .277/.337/.473. That's a long way from where he started.
Ben Revere contributed with a big diving catch with two outs in the ninth, keeping Cleveland's go-ahead runner at third base. Joe Mauer had a triple earlier in the game. Casey Fien pitched two good innings in the middle of the game when the Twins needed a pitcher to come up and put zeroes on the board.
Morneau's blast topped off a great game. We'll see you tomorrow for one last tilt in this wrap-around weekend series. Goodnight everybody!