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Twins 4, Athletics 3: Willingham's Double Dingers Lift Twins to Win

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Josh Willingham showed his former team--the Athletics--tonight, launching two home-runs (including the game winner), and becoming the single number-one player with the most home-runs in Target Field history. Sorry Thome!

JOSH WILLINGHAM--HE'S WILLING TO DO IT!!
JOSH WILLINGHAM--HE'S WILLING TO DO IT!!
Hannah Foslien

Twins left fielder Josh Willingham hadn't hit a home run since August 13th--but he made up for his absence tonight.

After hitting a solo home-run to start the scoring in the second inning, Willingham hit the winning, go-ahead, second deck home run in the eighth inning to score himself and Clete Thomas, and seal the deal for the Twins. And get this--Willingham was only hitting sixth for the Twins tonight.

Although Willingham was the biggest sparkle for the Twins, he wasn't the only one--Oswaldo Arcia also hit a home run blast into the second deck in the bottom of the sixth, which was equally as important to the Twins one-run win. As Twins fans, me must relish what we can get.

On the pitching side--the Twins obviously did enough to win. Liam Hendriks gave up 3 earned runs over 5 innnings--which is fine. The Twins bullpen really showed up again today, though--Caleb "Meat Raffle" Thielbar pitching a scoreless, walk-less 1.2 innings; Anthony Swarzack pitching a scoreless, walk-less 8th inning; and Glen Perkins getting the save, with--yes--a scoreless, walk-less 9th inning. Way to go, bullpen.

ROLL CALL!

I'm so disappointed in you, I'm not even doing roll call tonight.

EXCEPT:

kenzertz 108

WOOT!

When multiple members in the Roll Call are in the single digits--I just can't.


Win Expectancy Graph

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via www.fangraphs.com