Over the course of the off-season, and especially during the World Baseball Classic, we were wishing for a little control from Samuel Deduno. "If only he knew where his fastball was going," we said. "If only he didn't walk so many batters," we said.
"Fat chance," I'm sure I said. "It's fun to think about, but no damned way does it happen," I'm sure I said.
But here we are, seven starts into Deduno's 2013 season, and he's walked just 14 batters in 43.1 innings. He's gone at least six innings on five occasions, and has completed seven inning in three of them. He went seven strong again today, allowing just five hits and surrendering a solitary free pass. Whoever this version of Deduno is, can we keep him?
His performance was necessary, because the Twins weren't very apt at figuring out Jeremy Guthrie, either. Guthrie held the Twins hitless and base-runner-less until the fourth, when Clete Thomas led off with a single and eventually scored on Justin Morneau's first double of the night. Oswaldo Arcia singled to make it 2-0, Twins, and Pedro Florimon did a nice job getting a fly ball deep enough to score a much needed insurance run in the seventh.
Glen Perkins made things interesting in the ninth, but left runners on second and third to end the game and notch his 20th save of the season.
It's great to see the Twins back on a winning track. Let's hope for a couple more this weekend.
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- Glen Perkins doesn't always look intimidating when he's on the mound, does he? Perhaps a bit disarming, but definitely not intimidating.
- Sam Deduno's ERA is 3.31. HA! The baseball gods are having a laugh.
- Jared Burton allowed a hit but didn't allow a walk in his scoreless inning of work tonight. Are you still concerned about Burton?
- Justin Morneau's two doubles give him 20 for the season, putting him on a pace for 40+. By comparison he had 26 doubles all of last season, 16 at the same point in 2011, and he's on pace to tally his second-highest total in that category for his career.
- Yes, yes, I know...but he's still not slugging over .400...
- Trevor Plouffe's single lifts his hitting streak to nine games.
- Morneau's second double nearly scored Josh Willingham, but he's basically a brick with legs and so no.