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Twins 8, Pirates 5: Liriano takes a shellacking as the Twins keep hacking

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Ol' friend Francisco Liriano had a great game for the Twins. Problem: He actually plays for the opposing team now. Oops.

It's okay Frankie, WE all appreciated the effort!
It's okay Frankie, WE all appreciated the effort!
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Francisco Liriano started for the Pirates against the Twins tonight, and luckily, it was one of THOSE Liriano starts. By "one of those starts," I mean Frankie gave up a homerun to Brian Dozier in the 1st inning, followed by six more Twins runs in the 2nd inning, and didn't return to the mound for the 3rd. Sorry Frankie (but thanks)!

The six runs in the 2nd inning all came with two outs. Francisco got it started with a wild pitch that allowed Kurt Suzuki to score from third. Brian Dozier then walked to fill the bases for Joe Mauer, who promptly hit a base clearing single (and anyone who complains about Mauer being "only a singles hitter" can go eat a sock). Trevor Plouffe followed up with a home run, scoring Mauer and himself.

The Twins scored another run in the top of the 3rd, thanks to a Suzuki double, Aaron Hicks single, and Shane Robinson RBI ground into double play (the Twins just know how to score). That was the last of the Twins scoring, but it proved to be enough. The Pirates scored one run in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th, but luckily eight runs is more than four runs, so the Twins win.

ROLL CALL!

Tonight's top ten:

# Commenter # Comments
1 SooFoo Fan 69
2 WestRiverTwinsFan 51
3 NoahRJ 46
4 kenzertz 45
5 myjah 32
6 Brananorama 28
7 jere.johnson.37 24
8 less cowbell, more 'neau 24
9 wayback 13
10 domesticllama 13


COMMENT OF THE GAME THREAD

Less cowbell, more 'neau:

"You're about to witness the strength of street knowledge

Straight outta Stockton, crazy closin’ pitcher named Eddie

From the team called Twinkz With Good Attitudes

When I’m called up, I got a change up

Throw tha ball, and Ks are put up

You too, boy, if I throw ‘gainst ya

Your coach are gonna hafta come and pick ya

Off yo’ ass, that’s how you goin’ out"

STUDS

  • Kurt Suzuki: 2-for-3, 2 Runs,1 Double, 1 SO.
  • Trevor Plouffe: 2-for-4, 1 Homerun, 1 Double, 3 RBI
  • Glen Perkins: 1 IP, 1 Save, 1 Hit, 2 K.

Duds

  • Danny Santana: 0-for-4, 1 run.