Entering today Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners had dominated the Twins. He has made four starts prior to tonight allowing zero earned runs in 26 innings. You can make that 33.1 scoreless innings after tonight as he shut down Minnesota. Twins hitters managed just four hits off Iwakuma while he punched out ten.
Oswaldo Arcia had a nice day at the plate going 2-3 and it was the first time since June 4th-5th that he had multiple hits in back-back games. Also we were Bert-less tonight, instead treated with the superb baseball mind Roy Smalley, but that is a different topic. The Twins had four hits as a team, and Arcia had half of them (for you California math majors).
The Twins wasted a great start from Kevin Correia, as he surrendered just five hits with both runs coming via solo jacks off the bats of Michael Saunders and Mike Zunino. Ever since Correia's ERA ballooned to 6.11 on June 5, he has strung together a few nice starts. He has allowed two run or less in 5 of his last six starts and has gone at least 6 innings in each of those starts.
Minnesota had their best chance in the top of the seventh when Morales singled and then Arcia doubled him to third. Sadly, Chris Colabello and Sam Fuld would both be come up empty. Fernando Rodney entered the ninth inning to shut the door and did so successfully, converting his 26th save of the season.
The Twins will throw Phil Hughes on Tuesday, who will look to bounce back after some rough outings lately. Seattle will throw Chris Young, who has been dynamite this year after being out of ball in 2013.
Everyone else (sorry)