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!
- 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!)
- Brian Dozier: 0 for 5, 0 RBI, 0 runs. Basically, just, 0 (except for the great front picture with Thome).