On the 29th anniversary of Cleveland's Jamie Quirk destroying the 1984 Minnesota Twins' playoff hopes, Pedro Hernandez took the mound with the chance to return the favor. HE DID A VERY POOR JOB OF THIS. The Tribe had a 7-0 lead before the second inning was over, and outlasted the Twins on their way to a 12-6 victory.
Hernandez, who has no business pitching in a major league baseball game, was brutal: 1.2 innings, 6 ERs 7 hits (including 3 doubles and a triple), and no redeeming value whatsoever. As desperate as the Twins are for starting pitching, I flat guarantee you will never see him start another game for Minnesota again.
To the Twins credit, they made a game of it rather than curling up and dying. With the score 9-1, Pedro Florimon hooked a 2-run dong over the right field overhang in the fifth, and his RBI grounder in the sixth chased Corey Kluber from the game. Alex Presley followed that up with a 2-run single, and the game was actually "competitive" at 9-6.
- Josmil Pinto had to leave the game after being hit by a pitch in his right hand. Fortunately, X-rays were negative, because that would have just been 2013 fucking piling on for no good goddamn reason.
- Liam Hendriks struck out 8 in relief. That was the most strikeouts by a Twins pitcher in one game ALL YEAR. Jesus.
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That's it for me this season. Enjoy your weekend and your off-season, everybody. 2014 has to be better. It has to be.