Today's game against the Boston Red Sox feature something we don't see too often -- a Glen Perkins blown save in the ninth inning. The Twins were up 3-1 going into the ninth, and after a Will Middlebrooks 2-run single, the game was tied 3-3. The hero of the 10th inning? None other than Aaron Hicks, who had just this week been outed to the media by manager Ron Gardenhire for not being prepared enough at the plate. What do you know?
To his credit, Phil Hughes pitched very well today, keeping the Sox off the board for much of the game. Hughes threw 6 solid innings, earning his fifth quality start of the season, and gave up just five hits and one earned run -- including no walks and eight strikeouts. The bullpen was able to keep the game in hand until Perk stepped in, with Jared Burton and Casey Fien throwing two scoreless, hitless innings. Neither gave up a walk, hit, or run, and after Perkins' implosion, Brian Duensing came out for the tenth inning and gave up a walk and hit, but no runs.
The offense was solid enough to secure the win today, as they were able to get 10 hits off Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz, as well as being able to draw 3 walks. They only struck out 6 times. The winning hits came off of Andrew Miller, and the rally in the 10th started with a Kurt Suzuki double (of note: Suzuki went 3-for-5 today with 2 runs scored), and ended with an Aaron Hicks single that scored Suzuki from second.
All in all, today's game featured (mostly...) good pitching, and solid offense, and earned the Twins a series win against the Sox. Can't complain about that.
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Win Expectancy, Courtesy of FanGraphs
What's Up Next:
Tomorrow, the Twins take on the Seattle Mariners at home at Target Field, with game time as 7:10 pm CST. The pitching matchup will feature Seattle's RHP Chris Young throwing against Minnesota's RHP Kyle Gibson.