Carlos Gomez was given the day off a couple games ago in hopes to get his mind back on track. He responded by hitting a lead-off homer, his first of the year and third of his career. The lead wouldn’t last long.
Francisco Liriano had quite possibly the worst first inning ever that didn’t include a home run being hit. Actually, I can’t even call it an inning; he recorded just two outs and was pulled for Brian Bass. The order of events is as follows: lead off walk, single, pop out, walk, 2-run single, walk, RBI single, 2-run single with a runner being thrown out at third for the second out, another single, and that’s when Bass came in. Bass gave up an RBI single to the #1 batter of the A’s lineup for another run charged to Francisco. Finally the third out was recorded and in just one inning, Oakland scored runs in one inning that the Twins could never dream of getting in a full game.
Bass gave up 3 earned runs in 3 and 1/3 innings and Jesse Crain, Dennys Reyes, and Juan Rincon finished the game out.
In all the offense was pretty lackluster. Delmon Young had a couple hits and Brian Buscher drove in Mike Redmond, who was on second because of his first double of the year.
To more important things: reliever Bobby Korecky has been called up but there’s no word on who will go down. I’m assuming it’s Liriano, because Gardy said Liriano needs more confidence to be effective at the ML level. We should find out who it is at some point today.
Also, Michael Cuddyer was activated from the DL. Denard Span had to be sent down to make room, but I think Denard took it well. He got his chance way earlier than anyone expected and now just has to play solid baseball at AAA to stay first in line if we need another OF.
Encouraging news for Jason Kubel fans (hey, that’s me!): Gardenhire has gone on record to say that he won’t hit anyone in place of Kubel if he’s facing a lefty. “I don’t worry about who he’s facing anymore.”
The Twins travel to Texas for a 3-game stint before an off day and then they come home to face the White Sox. Nick Blackburn looks for his second win tonight.