Tonight's game was fun to watch if you enjoy seeing good hitting from your team, and also if you enjoy seeing kind of bad starting pitching from your team. The Twins pounded out 20 hits tonight, facing 4 different Boston pitchers. They scored a season-high 15 runs on those 20 hits, and despite the fact that there were TWENTY hits, Josh Willingham somehow managed to not get a single one (the only starter to not get at least one hit-though he did draw a walk). Every other Twin had at least one hit tonight, and both Ryan Doumit and Oswaldo Arcia went 4-for-5, with Doumit hitting a 2-run bomb in the first inning off of Allen Webster.
Justin Morneau, Pedro Florimon, and Trevor Plouffe all collected 3 RBI in tonight's game, and Aaron Hicks and Ryan Doumit each had a couple of their own. The Twins offensive explosion was exactly what Gardy was looking for out of the team tonight, per his pregame interview with K-TWIN. He mentioned that he wanted to see a lot of hits, and the Twins got more of those at Fenway tonight than they have since 1991.
As far as pitching goes, it's pretty clear that despite the 8 runs given up by Minnesota pitchers, Boston's pitching staff was off tonight in a big way. Starter Allen Webster lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up a total of 6 hits (not even the worst Boston pitcher of the night) and 8 earned runs. How does that work, you may ask? Well, Webster also walked 3 Twins batters. As we can all recall...walks will haunt. Webster was replaced in the second inning by Felix Doubront, who was even worse than Webster, though he did throw for 5.1 innings. He gave up 12 hits in those innings, along with 6 more runs and 2 more walks.
Overall, the Twins offense had a really great game, and the Twins pitching, minus Glen Perkins and Ryan Pressly, had a bad-to-so-so night. Pedro Hernandez only lasted 2 innings, where he gave up 7 hits and 6 earned runs to Boston hitters. Casey Fien and Brian Duensing gave up the other 2 Boston runs, and that was the end of the night.
Roll Call, because I've been skipping this and I'm a terrible Twinkie Town contributor...
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Well that turned out pretty fancy, didn't it? Congrats, kenzertz, on talking a lot!
And your Win Expectancy Graph for tonight's game, courtesy of the always fantastic fangraphs.com:
Tomorrow, the Twins try to take the series from Boston, with a 6:10 pm CST start at Fenway. Your probable pitchers are Kevin Correia for Minnesota and John Lackey for Boston. With how Correia's been pitching as of late, we might just see a series win tomorrow (nojinxnojinxnojinxnojinx). Go Twins, and stop back to Twinkie Town for all the Minnesota/Boston coverage you could shake a stick at!