If you said you saw the Twins winning today off of an Eduardo Escobar double in the bottom of the ninth inning, following a very solid Kevin Correia start, you're probably a liar. Sorry to call you out like that.
The Twins weren't hitting Anibal Sanchez well at all-in fact, he only gave up to hits to Minnesota batters in the 5 innings he pitched-and while he did walk another three batters, the Twins just weren't able to capitalize on anything. In a situation much like he faced on Monday, Parmelee came up to bat with runners on first and third in the fourth inning, and ended up getting called out looking on strikes. Very rough.
Minnesota hitters didn't have much luck against the other Detroit pitchers either. They did score a run off Darin Downs in the bottom of the seventh, when Wilkin Ramirez pinch-hit for Pedro Florimon. Brayan Villearreal came in for 2/3 of an inning and gave up a hit and struck out two, and was then replaced by Joaquin Benoit. Phil Coke came in, and ended up giving up the game-winning two-run double to Eduardo Escobar.
For his part, Kevin Correia had a pretty solid start for Minnesota today. He pitched seven solid innings, only giving up two runs on seven hits and just one walk. Of course it was Miguel Cabrera who knocked in both runs for the Tigers, one in the third inning after Correia had issued a walk to Austin Jackson (walks will haunt, remember?), and the other in the fifth, a two-out single that allowed Omar Infante to score. Jared Burton and Glen Perkins each came in to pitch a scoreless inning as well, both striking out one batter.
The Twins are back at .500. Hopefully they take this win and use it for some momentum going forward.
Studs and Duds
-Eduardo Escobar. I don't care how many people don't know who you are, you get a walk-off win and you're automatically a stud.
-Kevin Correia. Quality start, kept the dangerous Tigers lineup fairly quiet.
-Wilkin Ramirez. The only Twin besides Escobar to get an RBI for the day.
-Aaron Hicks. I understand the transition from the minors to the bigs is probably pretty hard, but 0-for-3 with 2 Ks after the rough Monday performance is...not good. Let's work on things.
-Chris Parmelee. Came up empty in two big situations two games in a row. Let's work on things.
-Ryan Doumit, birthday boy. Going 0-for-4 with 2 Ks and 5 LOB is really not okay. Let's work on things.
What's Coming Up
The Twins close out their series with the Tigers tomorrow at Target Field. The game starts at 12:10, and will feature another new Twins pitcher, Mike Pelfrey, facing off against the Tigers' forever-young Rick Porcello. Game thread will be up an hour before the game-don't forget to come check it out.