After a rough top of the first inning in which Phil Hughes surrendered four runs, the Minnesota Twins offense matched the Oakland A's offense tonight with 13 hits and four players having multi-hit games on Star Wars night at Target Field. Minnesota tied things up in the bottom of the second with Jordan Schafer, Danny Santana and Brian Dozier driving in runs for the Twins. Jordan Schafer had probably his finest game to date tonight collecting three hits, driving in two, scoring two and a stolen base. Also his catch in center field was a thing of beauty. Hughes would settle down and threw four scoreless frames. Oakland would scratch one more run off Hughes in the sixth and took Oakland retook the lead 5-4.
That would be in for Hughes who threw 101 pitches through six innings, scattering nine hits, five earned runs and struck out two. He continues to give up the long ball as he served up two more tonight and has given up eight homeruns through six starts this season. But after being a tough-luck loser in earlier starts, its nice Hughes would get the win as the offense bailed him out in the bottom half. The Twins offense put together another four-run spot including Torii Hunter blasting one to left field and one of the most epic bat flips you will see this season.
In the last three games Hunter is 6-15 with two dingers, and six runs batted in. Aaron Thompson pitched a scoreless seventh and trotted out for the eighth innings as well but he gave up back-back singles and Blaine Boyer would relieve Thompson. Boyer gave up a single but the run was charged to Thompson and the Twins still escaped with a two run lead. The Twins squandered a golden opportunity in the bottom of the eighth with the top of the order up, two on and no outs, but Dozier struck out and Hunter grounded into an inning ending double play.
Despite the miscue, Glen Perking was coming in and he was going cut Oakland down. But man, Steve Vogt keeps destroying baseballs; he hit a homerun in the first inning and was a few feet from another one against Perk in the ninth and all of the sudden the tying run was on second base. Former Twin Sam Fuld came in to run for Vogt but Perk struck out Craig Gentry for his ninth save of the year and the Twins win 8-7. Only Joe Mauer and Kurt Suzuki went hitless tonight. In case you missed it, Eddie Rosario was called up Monday afternoon and arrived to Target Field around first pitch and may be he makes his debut tomorrow? Hmmmmm let us see.
Kurt and Mauer I guess?