If today's Twins game had been televised , you would have seen starting pitcher Jason Marquis give up a double and RBI single in the second inning, and again in the third. You would have seen Marquis pitch a scoreless fourth inning and perhaps have thought the Twins still had a chance to win this game. Then the fifth inning would have rolled around, and you would have seen Marquis give up homeruns to Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Carlos Santana--the first time a Twins pitcher has given up three homeruns in one inning since 2010.
Luckily, this game was not televised and the vast majority of us did not witness these things. If you are extra lucky, you did not even realize today was a noon game and do not know this game even happened.
ace third starter Derek Lowe mowed down the Twins, pitching his first complete game shutout since August 31, 2005. Lowe surrendered only six hits, three of them coming from last week's call-up Brian Dozier. The Twins did manage to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh--but we all know how that usually ends.
Now the good news: Justin Morneau was activated off the DL today, with Chris Parmelee sent to AAA to make room on the roster. Yay. Be still my heart.
Studs and duds after the jump.
- Brian Dozier: 3 for 4, 1 double.
- Joe Mauer: Everything is his fault. Everything. Fire him.