After a grueling two-hour rain delay to the start of the game, the Twins jumped out to a quick lead and never really had to look back. The Reds' four run 7th inning, the Twins piled enough on to come out the victors at the end.
The Twins scoring came a little by piranha ball, with the team scoring a single run in the 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 8th innings. The only feeding frenzy for the Twins game in their four-run top of the 7th. Brian Dozier led off the inning with a double, and reached third base on a wild pitch by Reds rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani. After Torii Hunter
hit another home run struck out, and Joe Mauer hit a home run walked, Trevor Plouffe hit a home run ground into a fielder's choice that happened to score Dozier and get out Mauer. After Eddie Rosario singled, the Reds made a pitching change, but it didn't help, since Nunez scored Plouffe in the next at-bat, reached second on a bad throw, and then was driven in along with Rosario by a bloop single from Kurt Suzuki. The Twins ended up scoring four runs.
Phil Hughes did enough on the pitching side to get the job done close for the Twins, giving up only two earned runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings pitched. Unfortunately, when Hughes began to come apart in the 7th inning, an error by Eduardo Nunez and a Wild Pitch by relief pitcher Blaine Boyer compounded things and led to two unearned runs being scores on Phil's timecard. Oopsie, sorry Phil!
So although the Reds matched the Twins' four-run top of the 7th in the bottom of that inning, it was the singular and not very exciting runs (seriously, these included a fielder's choice, a sac-fly, and a ground ball) the Twins added on throughout the rest of the game that kept them in the lead until the end.
Long live the piranha ball.
I MADE THE TOP FIVE, BITCHES!
Comment of the Game Thread
Brananorama: "Torii doesn't agree with being in the #2 hole."
- Joe Mauer: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, handsome beard.
- Torii Hunter: 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 HR, 1 2B.
- Eduardo Nunez: 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO.
- Danny Santana: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, only Twins starter and non-pitcher without a hit.