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Fast Reaction: Twins 8, Angels 2

Kevin Correia and Joe Mauer lead the Twins to win number five.

Hannah Foslien

Kevin Correia continued to amaze tonight, keeping the Angels off-balance with a little bit of everything. Once again he picked up a lot more outs on the ground (eight) than through the air (three), but tonight that cold air must have had him feeling good because he racked up five strikeouts. He struck out more than five batters just three times in 2012, and one of them was against the Pirates when he K'd nine.

Offensively the Twins picked up big hits when they needed them. Joe Mauer, Trevor Plouffe, and Pedro Florimon were big time catalysts and run producers tonight. As a team Minnesota was 12-for-35 tonight, which is like Joe Mauer in a good year. If your whole team hits like Joe Mauer in a good year, you're probably going to win the game.



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Bullet Point Highlights
  • Trevor Plouffe and Joe Mauer both homered tonight, each recording dinger number 2.
  • Plouffe and Mauer also doubled, as did Justin Morneau and Pedro Florimon.
  • Oswaldo Arcia made his first start of his MLB career, going 1-for-3 with a great looking single in his first plate appearance. In his third, he gave it a ride but flew out to the warning track in left-center to strand runners on second and third.
  • Bert didn't like it when Pedro Florimon picked up a bunt single with two outs. Count me among the folks that actually enjoy Dick-n-Bert, but his rant made zero sense. #BertLogic
  • Florimon also plated a pair in the eighth when the Twins were putting the game on ice.
  • Kevin Correia's ERA this season is 2.95. I keep chanting to myself "Just because I THINK he'll turn out like Ramon Ortiz, doesn't mean he WILL turn out to be like Ramon Ortiz. Just because I THINK he'll turn out like Ramon Ortiz, doesn't mean he WILL turn out to be like Ramon Ortiz. Justin because I THINK he'll..."
  • Aaron Hicks stole his first base of the season late in the game after earning a pinch hit walk, and then took third on a wild pitch from Mark Lowe. Sweet jebus is Hicks fast.
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