In four games this weekend, the Twins (42 runs) and the Tigers (31 runs) combined for a stupid number of runs. For the Twins, that's 7.4% of the runs they've scored all year. Scoring ten runs a game is beyond video game territory, but for a Minnesota club that's on pace to score 710 runs this season (the most since 2010) that's a healthy chunk of change.
It was a disappointing loss for Kyle Gibson, who had another "famine" performance. At the same time, the Twins just split a series with the Tigers; the Tigers are in a bit of a funk at 5-5 in their last ten games and just 9-12 in their last six series. Detroit is two games out in the AL Central but they're also looking up in the Wild Card standings, one game game behind Seattle for the second play-in spot.
Yesterday, Twins pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone. After not walking a soul in Game Two of the double-header on Saturday, Gibson, Brian Duensing and Samuel Deduno walked eight men over the game's first seven innings. Casey Fien had his second implosion of the season by allowing four runs off of five hits in the eighth, but at least he didn't walk anyone. Silver linings, right?
Danny Santana (2-for-5) and Kennys Vargas (3-for-5) continue to surprise and impress. Jordan Schafer, bless his soul, was 2-for-3 with a walk and is now batting .302/.403/.415 as a Twin. So, that's happening. Finally, Trevor Plouffe hit his 37th double of the season, tying him for the Twins' record for doubles in a season by a third baseman.
The Twins are off today, so we'll have some stuff for you later.