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Twins 11, Phillies 7: Twins Smash Phillies Pitchers for a Win

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Twins rookie Brian Dozier yuking it up with former Twin and all-around best-person-ever Jim Thome.
Twins rookie Brian Dozier yuking it up with former Twin and all-around best-person-ever Jim Thome.

There was no lack of offense in tonight's Twins game--Denard Span led off the game with a homerun off of Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick, and the Twins held the lead ever after. Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham also homered in the eleven-run Twins win.

The Twins' biggest inning was the second, when they scored four runs. It was a team effort--Ryan Doumit singled, just before Trevor Plouffe hit a homerun. Brian Dozier flew out, Jamey Carroll singled and Denard Span walked. Ben Revere singled to get Denard Span to third, who then scored on a Joe Mauer hit. TEAM EFFORT!

The Phillies challenged the Twins in the top of the fourth with a ground out RBI from Ty Wiggington, a 1-run RBI from Michael Martinez, and a 2-run RBI bloop from Jimmy Rollins. Juan Pierre grounded out to end the inning, but other than that, the Phillies only had three more hits--all in one inning (the sixth)--and no runs.

Jim Thome did manage to drive in a Phillies run in the 6th inning--however, it was not a tater, and that makes us all sad because we really actually wanted to see a Jim Thome mashed tater (homerun). Perhaps another day (i.e. tomorrow).

Studs and duds after the jump!

Studs:

  • Jim Thome: HE'S JI
  • Denard Span: 2 for 3; 3 WALKS. Also 3 runs and 1 RBI.
  • Trevor Plouffe: 3 for 5; 1 HR; 3 hits, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs.
  • Jamey Carroll: 2 for 4; 3 hits, and 2 RBIs (plus excellent defense. Dude has the scrap!)
Duds:
  • Brian Dozier: 0 for 5, 0 RBI, 0 runs. Basically, just, 0 (except for the great front picture with Thome).