MLB Final Scores: Braves 5, Twins 1

Scott Cunningham

Correia's first inning implosion and Teheran's baffling arsenal lead to a fun game. For Atlanta fans.

Julio Teheran is a good pitcher. It just hasn't looked like it so far this season. But today, the struggling Twins offense bought into every bait pitch and couldn't catch up with the pitches they should have caught up with, and in the end Minnesota was cast aside like a junior high team. It was not fun to watch.

Which makes me appreciate those of you who stuck around for the game thread so much more!

Kevin Correia continued his downward trend tonight with a first inning implosion that led to a four-inning, five-run performance. He allowed eight hits. Granted, Brian Dozier should have been able to get the lead runner at second with one out (and possibly turn the double play), but he mishandled the ball and could only get the batter at first, but that's no excuse. The Braves were locked on to Correia, and locked on early.

This is what we were afraid would happen.

Kevin Correia in April: 5 starts, 36.1 IP, 1.07 WHIP, 2.23 ERA
Kevin Correia in May: 4 starts, 21.1 IP, 1.69 WHIP, 6.75 ERA

ROLL CALL!

  1. Jesse (58)
  2. kenzertz (54)
  3. jere.johnson.37 (40)
  4. ColossusOfRhode (25)
  5. less cowbell, more 'neau (21)
  6. Mulholland Reborn (21)
  7. DavidRF (20)
  8. Sportsavenue (8)
  9. myjah (6)
  10. Marv_MN (5)

Bullet Point Highlights

  • The lone Twins run came off Josh Willingham, who launched a solo shot in the ninth. His sixth homer helped make up for how awkward he looked at other point in the night.
  • Ryan Pressly (2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) and Caleb Thielbar in his MLB debut (2 IP, 1 H, 3 K) were impressive out of the bullpen this evening. Pressly entered in the fifth and turned around a quick inning when the Twins needed him to, and Thielbar looked a little nasty with some of his stuff. After a strikeout to end the inning Thielbar walked back toward the dugout, and the camera caught Freddie Freeman giving him a look that, pure in simple, said: "What the hell was that?"
  • After going 1-for-3 with a walk tonight, Trevor Plouffe is hitting .310/.375/.517.
  • Chris Colabello has been starting in right field for the Red Wings the last few nights. What are the chances that the Twins see Chris Parmelee's struggles and are considering giving Colabello an audition. Because, really, what could it hurt?
  • Aaron Hicks made a great relay to the plate from center field in the first inning. It was a sharp single by Freeman, but on a play where Jason Heyward probably should have scored easily from third base, Hicks nearly snagged him. The throw bounced once and was fielded cleanly by Joe Mauer, but his swipe tag missed Heyward by a hair.
Studs
Ryan Pressly
Caleb Thielbar

In Limbo
Josh Willingham
Trevor Plouffe
Aaron Hicks

Duds
Kevin Correia
Brian Dozier
Chris Parmelee
Joe Mauer
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