You know what I hate?
Jarrod Washburn and ass bats!
We let him beat us?
I'm into haikus this week.
For the first time in four games, the Twins got a quality pitching performance. Glen Perkins was as good as you can ask a guy to be, throwing eight beautiful innings while keeping the Mariners to a single run. By every stretch of the imagination, the Minnesota offense had their opportunities to get back into the game (including the eighth inning), but Jarrod Washburn and the dark side of the force were more than Mike Redmond and his grittiness could take.
Washburn matched Perkins' eight innings, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out four. I can only describe his dominance in this game as his revenge for my fantic pleas over the winter to the baseball gods to keep him out of a Twins uniform.
I regret nothing.
Brendan Harris managed a pair of hits this afternoon, with Redmond the only other player to reach base twice of his own accord. It's good to have NBP back in the lineup, and hopefully this time he avoids rogue bats with an agenda.
Michael Cuddyer and Joe Crede each added a strikeout to their early season totals; but on the plus side they each reached base as well.
A solid pitching performance by Perkins was wasted today, but there's never anything wrong when your starter can do what he did. Congratulations, southpaw. After four games, you are this club's best pitcher.
Stars of the Game
#3: Brendan Harris (2-for-3)
#2: Mike Redmond (1-for-2, BB, Tough Guy)
#1: Glen Perkins (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 K, 2 BB)