Despite the recently-returned Josh Willingham's best efforts in today's game at Target Field, the Twins would not be able to take down the Rangers in the series finale. Willingham drove in three of the Twins' four runs today, hitting a two-run bomb in the fifth off of Nick Martinez, and driving in another run in the third. He also drew two walks. Welcome back, Yes Pig!
Unfortunately for Minnesota, however, the rest of the offense just couldn't capitalize enough to topple Texas' potent offense - even with an Oswaldo Arcia AND Danny Santana 3-hit game. The pitching didn't do itself many favors either, with Sam Deduno going 5.1 innings, giving up 9 (yes, nine) hits and four earned runs. Deduno also walked a batter, and struck out just two Rangers. Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak, and Matt Guerrier all came in and pitched one inning apiece of scoreless ball, while Casey Fien came in and gave up a run in immediate relief of Deduno.
While the Rangers pitchers gave up plenty of hits to Minnesota batters, the team still left 10 runners on base, and were only 3-for-11 with RISP. The Rangers didn't fare much better -- they left nine on base, and were 2-for-8 with RISP.
The good news is that Willingham's power is returning, and that's something that will be a great addition to the lineup, if not the field. Arcia continues to smack the ball, and is showing a lot of potential. And no matter what anyone else thinks, I love seeing Matty G come in and throw well -- no hits, couple strikeouts. Reminds me of the good ol' days.
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Win Expectancy, via FanGraphs
What's Coming Up?
Tomorrow, the Twins start a weekend series in New York against the Yankees. Game 1 pitchers will be Ricky Nolasco for Minnesota and Vidal Nuno for New York. Game starts at 6:05 CST -- make sure to stop by Twinkie Town for all the game coverage you'll need!