Watching this game, you wouldn't think that the Twins were cellar dwellers in the the American League, as they just crushed everything.
The Twins got off to an early start by scoring two runs in the top of the first courtesy of a Josh Willingham home run that went to left field, and from the way Cory Provus described it on the radio, just barely hooked fair around the pole, but upon watching the highlights, that ball was absolutely decimated. I think it would've went 450 feet if not for the scoreboard that it ricocheted of.
Jamey Carroll brought in the next run in the second inning after Brian Dozier doubled and stole third base. The mellow was temporiarly harshed as Mike Moustakas led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run. But the Twins got that run back, and then some. Trevor Plouffe was walked leading off the 4th inning, and was promptly picked off. If he hadn't been, maybe both him and Alexi Casilla would've scored on Jamey Carroll's RBI 2 out triple.
Kansas City came back in the bottom of the 4th inning to score 3 runs. Only 2 of them were earned due to a Brian Dozier error.
The 5th inning is when the game started to get fun as both Justin Morneau and Trevor Plouffe would hit home runs to make it a 7-4 game, with the Twins in the drivers seat.
For his part, Cole DeVries, who earned his first MLB win tonight pitched well enough. He limited damage by not walking anybody, and struck out 4. He did however give up 4 earned runs, and was for awhile 5, but the 5th run was taken away as a hit was changed to an error on Dozier.
The bullpen came in, and both Alex Burnett and Jared Burton were fantastic, as Burnett pitched two perfect innings, and Burton struck out the side in the 8th. And then, Jeff Gray came in.
Gray came in and promptly gave up a double to Eric Hosmer, who moved to third on a Jarrod Dyson single. Hosmer came around to score on a Brayan Pena sac fly, and Dyson on a passed ball by Ryan Doumit.
Luckily (?) we had Matt Capps who retired Johnny Giavotella to get the save and secure the first Major League victory for Cole DeVries. Studs and duds after the jump.
Studs: Willingham, Morneau, and Plouffe all hit home runs today. Jamey Carroll for going 3-3 with a triple. Ben Revere who had 2 hits, scored 2 runs and stole a base. Denard Span for a ridiculous catch in center. Alex Burnett and Jared Burton for dominating the Royals for a combined 3 innings. Cole DeVries for getting his first career win, and Matt Capps for getting the last out that Jeff Gray couldn't.
Duds: Ryan Doumit for going 0-5 and having a passed ball. And Jeff Gray for making me more upset that he's on the Major League roster instead of Anthony Slama.
Good night everyone! See you tomorrow!