Danny Santana started off tonight's game great for the Twins with a lead-off home-run. The Twins extended their early lead to 2-0 in the top of the third, thanks in part to an air-mailed throw by Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Unfortunately, for the Twins, it was largely downhill from there.
Even though many Twins fans will probably treat him as the whipping boy, Twins starter Kevin Correia pitched six innings tonight and gave up only one earned run. No, that is not the best performance, but it is certainly a winnable one. With the game tied 2-2 in the middle of the seventh, Casey Thielbar came in and proceeded to surrender two more earned runs, putting the Twins down 2-4. Ryan Pressly then came in and proceeded to give up two runs to put the Twins down 2-6.
The Twins were able to get one run back in the top of the eighth inning by pinch-hitting Kurt Suzuki, who promptly hit an RBI double off Wade Davis to score Oswaldo Arcia. Suzuki's hit was the first and only extra base hit Wade Davis has given up all year (so there's your silver lining).
Unfortunately, the Twins were unable to do much more damage. With Twins newcomer Kennys Vargas on deck to pinch-hit for first baseman Chris Colabello, Oswaldo Arcia struck out to end the game.
Maybe next time, Kennys!
- Samuel Deduno - 1 IP, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.
- Kurt Suzuki - 1-for-1, 1 double, 1 RBI.
- Chris Parmelee - 0-for-1, 3 walks, reached base more times than any other Twin.