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Twins 5, Padres 3: Kevin Correia pitches a quality start, Kurt Suzuki hilariously hits home run

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Kevin Correia kept a perfect game going through the 4th inning before blowing up, but the Twins and Kurt "MVP" Suzuki ensured the win.

"Talk $h*& about me again and I'll come beat you up."
"Talk $h*& about me again and I'll come beat you up."
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Kevin Correia pitched four perfect innings for the Twins before blowing the lead in the 5th inning, but thanks to special work by Josmil Pinto and Kurt Suzuki, he was able to pick up his second win of the season and first quality start in two weeks.

Chris Parmelee got the scoring started in the top of the 2nd inning with a home run off Padres stater Ian Kennedy. It was Parmelee's third home run since being called up a little over a week ago. The Twins tacked on a second run in the top of the 3rd when Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer, and Trevor Plouffe (the RBI batter) all singled right in a row.

The Twins entered the bottom of the 5th inning still up 2 to 0 with Correia pitching a perfect game, but we know that princess carriage would turn into a pumpkin, which it did. Chase Headley led off the inning with a double, which was followed up by a hit by Will Veneable, an RBI single by Jedd Gyorko, a sac fly by Yasmani Grandal, and last--but not least--an RBI single by IAN KENNEDY (their pitcher). By the end of the inning, the score was 3-2 Padres.

Like true piranhas, the Twins hacked away at the slim Padres lead. Trevor Plouffe was able to score on a wild pitch in the top of the 6th, and an inning later Josmil Pinto managed a go-ahead sac-fly to put the Twins ahead 4-3.

Now, all night our good friends from Gaslamp Ball assured us no one hits home runs at the notoriously huge stadium Petco Park after 8pm. Thankfully, Kurt "MVP" Suzuki was all "LOL, NOPE" and hit an inside the park home run in the top of the 8th. It was the Twins' first inside the park home run since Joe Mauer's in 2007 (side note: Joe Mauer hitting an inside the park home run.)

Thus concluded the scoring for the game, leaving the Twins with an eventual 5-3 victory over the Padres.

FIN.

STUDS

  • Kevin Correia - Pitched 4 perfect innings, which is pretty much a perfect game for Correia in my book.
  • Glen Perkins - 1 inning pitched, 1 SAVE, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 H, 1 K.
  • Jared Burton - 1 inning pitched, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 H.
  • Gaslamp Ball fans - Several Padres fans joined our game thread from the Padres' site tonight, and they were extremely fun and polite. Best visiting fans I've seen in our game threads. Bravo.
DUDS
  • Joe Mauer - 1 for 4, hit a fly ball that almost looked like a home run but wasn't a home run.