Kevin Correia entered tonight's game with a dismal 6.11 ERA, but managed to surprise everyone by throwing six shutout innings and appearing to be an actual major league pitcher against one of the hottest teams in baseball. The solid outing brought Kevin's ERA all the way down to 5.60. Way to go Kevin!
Brian Dozier hit a two-run homerun off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ in the top of the first inning to give Correia and the Twins an early lead. Joe Mauer followed up with a groundout to second baseman Brett Lawrie. Josh Willingham singled, but then Kendrys Morales hit into a double play to end the inning.
Correia allowed singles to Melky Cabrera and Jose "I own all of you" Bautista in the bottom of the first, but escaped the inning unscathed. In the bottom of the second inning, Correia continued to damage Twins fans' livers by giving up two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out for Jose Reyes. Reyes hit a line drive right back at Correia, but then, as if the ghost of Brad Radke suddenly possessed his body, Correia turned and caught the line drive behind his back before quickly throwing it home for the force-out. The next batter, Melky Cabrera, grounded out to end the inning.
After that, it was pretty much smooth sailing for Correia, who retired the next ten batters in a row. The Twins scored two more runs in the top of the fourth when Danny Santana (who is so hot right now) singled with the bases loaded with the suddenly huge, chummy group of Hispanic players populating the Twins line-up. Correia attempted to come back in to pitch the 7th, but was quickly removed after appearing to flail about on the mound while throwing the ball in the general direction of catcher Kurt Suzuki.
The rest of the game was rather uneventful. Brian Duensing pitched the rest of the 7th inning, and Jared Burton pitched a perfect 8th. With two outs in the top of the 9th, Kendrys Morales came to the plate amid loud "TUCK IT IN" chants, because apparently his jersey wasn't tucked far enough in his pants for Canada. One crazed Canadian fan even jumped out of the stands on to the field, presumably to tuck Morales's shirt in, but didn't make it that far.
Glen Perkins came in to pitch the bottom of the 9th, and this time he not only didn't give up a grand slam, he didn't give up a hit at all.
- Kevin Correia - 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 K (that buts the K in Kevin!)
- Brian Dozier - Jesus Christ what doesn't he do at this point?
- Danny Santana - More or less, ditto (except for when he waited at first base to tag up on Dozier's obvious homer, causing Dozier to almost pass him on the base path.)
- Jared Burton - 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB. (Righting the ship!)
- Glen Perkins - 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 SO.
- Joe Mauer - 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 SO. (Okay, this isn't funny anymore, and I'm a bit worried about Joe. He looks frustrated as hell and was even swinging at first pitches. I'm sure he'll get better... but wow is this scary to see from him).
- Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 3, 0 BB, 1 SO.