Zach Greinke didn't have his best stuff. The Royals bullpen was called upon to hold the line. This is not a recipe for success in KC, and it wasn't, as the Twins ended up winning comfortably, 10-3. Scott Baker threw a very effective and efficient 92 pitches over 7 innings to notch his second win.
MInnesota managed to get Greinke's pitch count up early, but Greinke battled out of a couple jams before the Twins finally capitalized in the 4th on a 2-run double by Michael Cuddyer. Greinke had control issues all night, and despite the best efforts of Scott Podsednik and the Royals outfield, who robbed Twins hitters of multiple hits, those troubles caught up with him in the 5th. A bases-loaded walk to Jason Kubel's Beard and a sac fly from Delmon Young gave the Twins a 4-1 lead and ended the Cy Young winner's night.
As mentioned, Scott Baker (or Butters, or the Babyface Killer, or whatever nickname you prefer) was able to dispatch the Royals with relative ease. A home run to the immortal Yuniesky Betancourt was the biggest bump in the road.
Once the Twins got past Greinke, the s---show that is the KC bullpen took over. Kyle Farnsworth loaded the bases without getting an out. Dusty Hughes and his porn name actually made a couple nice pitches to limit the damage, before Robinson Tejeda and Juan Cruz combined to pound nail after ineffective nail in the Royals coffin.
Bakes: 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 K, 0 BB
Matt Guerrier (still a 3-run game at the time): 1 IP, 9 pitches, 7 strikes, zeroes everywhere else.
Denard Span: 2-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored. LaVelle says he's reached base 11 of his last 15 plate appearances. That's good for a leadoff hitter.
Orlando Hudson: 2-for-3 with a double, 2 RBI. Really should have tagged Alberto Callaspo out on that steal attempt, though. Mauer had him nailed by 3 steps.
Cuddles: 2-for-5, 3 RBI.
Delmon Young: yes, he went 0-for-4. But he was flat-out robbed by Podsednik once, he scored a run on a sac fly, and he bailed out Hudson by gunning down Callaspo at the plate in the 2nd.
I declare NO DUDS tonight.
Odds & Sods:
When Dick Bremer said that someone "fisted" a ball foul in the second, I had a horrifying flashback to Chip Carey. I can't believe that I'm the only one.