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Tigers I, Twins Nulla: It Barnes when we lose

The Twinkie offense is shut out during their first day back.

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

If it was Cory Provus and Danny Gladden bringing you the call for Mr. Charlie Barnes’ major-league debut, then I guess you were listening to C.B. radio. Haha! Anyway, the Twins lost 1-0 today.

Seven-inning doubleheaders are always quick, but this one managed to clock in at 1:55, thanks in large part to just eight combined hits and no runs outside of the first inning. It was there that Robbie Grossman delivered a rude welcome-to-the-big to Mr. Barnes, homering to lead off the game and reminding ol’ Chuck that this ain’t St. Paul no more.

And so ends the recap.

Or it could, because nothing else technically happened. The Twins had two hits total on the day, both coming off Tiger starter Jose Urena. A combination of Norris, Funkhouser, and Soto were able to log five no-hit innings to carry Detroit the rest of the way.

Barnes, to his credit, settled down a little; he had runners out there at times, but was able to limit Detroit to the solo shot. New Twin Beau Burrows pitched 1.1 scoreless to finish out the pitching line for Minnesota.

Aaaaaand that’s about it! Or it would be, were it not for Mother Nature necessitating that we do this again around 5:00. She had a conflict yesterday and would have missed the game otherwise. Gotta keep Momma happy.


Ah, what the heck. Charlie Barnes went 4.2 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / BB / K in his major-league debut. Have a stud on me.


Nobody was particularly DUDLEY but I guess Ben Rortvedt went 0-for-2 with two K’s and a pair of men left on. I guess that’s technically the least productive offensive performance on the day, but what if Barnes had given up six earned runs with a different catcher out there? Maybe he was calling the game of his life behind the dish. Let’s not be quick to judge.