The Twins handed the Royals their second loss of the season today, and improved their record to 3-6 on the year. A combination of good-enough pitching and the offense finally kicking in sealed the deal, as Joe Mauer, Kennys Vargas, and Kurt Suzuki all knocked in multiple runs in the game.
Twins pitcher Tommy Milone wasn't as good as his last outing, but did manage to make it into the 6th inning, giving up just 3 runs on 7 hits. He also notched 3 Ks and 3 BBs. The bullpen came in to try and seal the deal for Minnesota, and after a little drama from Brian Duensing, managed to close out the game with only allowing 2 more runs to the Royals.
Jason Vargas had a pretty bad day on the mound for Kansas City, and the Twins offense took advantage of everything they could. Vargas lasted just 3 innings, having given up 10 hits and 5 runs, including a 2-run bomb to Kennys Vargas (Vargas on Vargas violence) in the second inning. The Twins also faced Chris Young in the 8th, who ended up giving up another 2-run bomb to Kurt Suzuki. The other three (earned) runs? Those came courtesy of noted lazy person and terrible baseball player, Joe Mauer.
Overall, game two of this series was a definite improvement over what we had seen the first week of the season. Let's hope the trend continues upward.
The Twins begin a 3 game series at home against division rival the Cleveland Indians tomorrow. Game start is 7:10 pm CST with probable starters Mike Pelfrey for Minnesota (hooray!) and Corey Kluber for Cleveland.