I said in my pregame write-up that Tyler Duffey needed something a "degree of magnitude" (which sounds mathy, and I apologize for that) better than a bounce back start. Well, I think he did that today.
Duffey flirted with a perfect game, in fact. It even had the hallmarks of a perfecto, with great defensive plays by Eduardo Nunez and Danny Santana. Speaking of Danny, he hit a solo shot to right to give him a 1-0 lead in the 3rd.
It wasn’t meant to be, though, as Aaron Hicks banged a double to right in the 6th. This came after Duffey had gotten some welcome run support in the top of the inning. The Twins scored 4 runs on back to back to back home runs by Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, and Max Kepler. Solo homers by Nunez and Juan Centeno added a couple more runs in the 7th and the 9th, but they wouldn’t need them today.
Duffey only gave up one more hit, a solo homer by Mark Texeira in the 8th. He proceeded to strike out the next three batters to end the inning, and his day: 8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 8 K. Brandon Kintzler finished things off in the 9th to seal the win.
The Twins hit 6 homers, the 11th time that they’ve hit 6 or more (6th since 1966). All of them came from different bats. All 7 runs for the Twins came on home runs. This was a very fun game to watch, and also very short. The perfect combination.
Tyler Duffey, anyone who hit a HR today (for the Twins, screw you Texeira), everyone else
Pick the Stick winner: farm_guy (8, Grossman 2, Kepler 6)
COTG: "#provus2016" -Imakesandwichesforaliving
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