Well. That was certainly a fun game, was it not?
In what can only be described as an awesome display of power from the middle of the Twins' lineup, Minnesota began a new win streak tonight, beating the Angels 11-4 in Anaheim. The starting pitching for both teams wasn't the best-Scott Baker only lasted through 3 innings for Minnesota and Joel Pineiro only went into the 5th, and in a battle of the bullpens, the Twins certainly came up the winners.
After the jump, a full game recap (kinda), notes, and studs & duds.
The following are things that actually happened in tonight's game:
-Michael Cuddyer also hit two home runs tonight, the first of which was in the 5th inning, and was a grand slam. I don't think I even have to tell you how awesome it was. The Angels had just taken Pineiro out of the game and put Hisanori Takahashi in. The first pitch Cuddy saw from him was sent deep over the left-center field wall. Glorious. Cuddyer's second bomb was in the 9th, off Horacio Ramirez. Relive the glory here. Cuddy's bomb reminded me that John Shipley's tweet from a couple weeks ago still applies: "Just saw a Goodyear blimp; said "Mike Cuddyer's a pimp." #TodayWasAGoodDay". Pimp, indeed.
-Jason Kubel, PROFESSIONAL HITTER also hit a home run-a solo shot in the 7th, also off of Takahashi.
-Five Twins players tonight had 2-out RBIs: Joe Mauer, Delmon Young, Michael Cuddyer, Danny Valencia, and Jason Kubel. Not a bad night for (most of) the offense.
-Ben Revere stole his 19th base of the season, in the 1st inning off of Joel Pineiro and Jeff Mathis.
-Jason Kubel, He of the Cannon Arm also got an outfield assist tonight, nabbing Alberto Callaspo at second base.
-Scott Baker only pitched 3 innings tonight, and after what felt like an eternity in the bottom of the third, left while no longer having the lead, with the game tied. He threw 36 pitches in that half inning, and allowed 3 ER in the process.
-Anthony Swarzak came on in relief of Baker and pitched 5 innings of scoreless ball. He walked one, struck out one, and only allowed one hit. Very nice outing from Swarzak.
-Glen Perkins came in for the ninth, threw seven pitches (6 for strikes), and closed out the game. Perk's ERA on the year is now a ridiculous 1.50.
-Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young: The Home Run Club. Boom.
-Joe Mauer. He's just pretty good at baseball, that's all.
-Anthony Swarzak & Glen Perkins. Excellent relief pitching. Really well done.
I wasn't even going to do 'duds' tonight, but then I took a look at the box score again and saw that Tolbert went 0-fer in the game. That's just...not good. So, he's your dud for the evening.
Here's to another Twins win tomorrow!