Mike Pelfrey threw seven shut-out innings in his last start, surprising everyone, and it appears he has done it again. It wasn't a shut-out this time, but Pelfrey went seven innings with only one earned-run and it was luckily enough to give the Twins the win.
I say "lucky enough" because Oswaldo Arcia had the TOOTBLAN to end all TOOTBLANs. In the fifth inning, Twins third base coach Gene Glynn gave Arcia the stop sign at third base when Danny Santana hit a single, which, had Arcia stopped, would have left the bases loaded for Torii Hunter. Alas, Arcia did not pay attention to Glynn, ran past third base, and was thrown out easily at home.
To illustrate how bad this play was, here's a sampling of Twitter comments:
That's right, Arcia. He's saying "stop," but that really just means to stop *momentarily*, to maximize comedic effect when you're thrown out— Bill P (@Bill_TPA) April 29, 2015
That might be the single worst baserunning play I've seen in 10 years, Arcia.— Jim Souhan (@SouhanStrib) April 29, 2015
Glynn should have tackled him. Chop blocked. Leg whipped. Tased. Anything.— Jim Souhan (@SouhanStrib) April 29, 2015
@KirbysLeftEye And then Corey Koskie shows up and beats up a chair.— Laurel Krahn (@wintwins) April 29, 2015
Amazingly, somehow, Paul Molitor did not instantly take Arcia out of the game. That's right! Molly left Oswaldo Arcia in the game so he could embarrass himself even more by striking out on three pitches in the bottom of the seventh.
Luckily, the Twins had some other players with heads on the shoulders playing in the seventh inning. Eduardo "EE" Escobar hit a double to drive in Eduardo Nunez, and Kurt "MVP" Suzuki singled to drive in Escobar and put the Twins up 3-2. The Twins held that score into the ninth until, you know, Glen "Spotted Cow" Perkins came in.
Presenting..... TONIGHT'S TOP TEN:
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