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Twins 9, White Sox 2: P.J. Walters Pitches the Twins' First Complete-Game Victory of the Year

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Joe and Ryan Doumit congratulate 2006 AL MVP Justin Morneau after his 3-run home run today against the White Sox.
Joe and Ryan Doumit congratulate 2006 AL MVP Justin Morneau after his 3-run home run today against the White Sox.

P.J. Walters pulled a Radke today at US Cellular Field, giving up a first-inning home run to Gordon Beckham before going on to pitch eight more (almost) scoreless innings for the win. So yes--a Twins pitcher, in 2012, did in fact pitch a complete game victory! The Twins offensive also showed up, scoring nine runs before the end of the foruth inning--including a three-run home run by everyone's favorite person in the world (or should be) Justin Morneau. So, pretty much, this was the best Twins 2012 game ever.

After Beckham's home run in the first inning, the Twins scored four runs in the bottom of the second, and lead the game forever after that. Every Twin except Brian Dozier and Ben Revere got a hit. Ryan Doumit, returning to the Twins lineup after spending several days on the bench with a calf strain, went 2 for 4, with one run.

So I guess, for now, the answer to everyone's burning question is--yes, the Twins still own the White Sox even without Ozzie Guillen managing them.

Studs, duds, and more after the jump.

Studs:

  • P.J. WALTERS: 1 earned run, A COMPLETE GAME. I repeat, A TWINS PITCHER HAS THROWN A COMPLETE GAME IN 2012.
  • Justin Morneau: 1 for 3, 3-run HR, 1 walk, and being Justin Morneau <3
  • Ryan Doumit: 2 for 4, 1 run, awesome mustache (I think still? I was listening to the radio).
Duds:
  • Brian Dozier: 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts, looked a bit lost at the plate.