Livan Hernandez was shaky at times but was able to get out of enough jams to keep the team alive. He allowed a ridiculous 13 hits in 6 innings of work, but only 5 runs scored. Of those 13 hits, 3 were doubles and one was a 2-run homer by Alex Rodriguez in the first inning. He walked one and struck out one and his troubles included giving up a leadoff double in the 5th but getting out of the inning without the runner scoring.
There were a few big hits for the Twins, probably most notably is Joe Mauer‘s first home run of the season. It was a towering solo shot over the baggie in right, and it looked really nice to be honest. I wonder if it felt good enough for him that he maybe will try to do that more often? I doubt it. Still, it’s nice to see him get the first one.
The other hits were each of Delmon Young‘s 3 doubles. Each one drove in a run (Michael Cuddyer all three times) and he’s now got 10 on the year. It’d be really nice if Delmon finally came around and started hitting like he should. And it’s not even the no homers, it’s just that he’s been underperforming this whole season.
Another plus was Cuddy’s three hits and three runs scored. He should start swinging the bat better too, hopefully. Cuddyer also threw out Derek Jeter at second base, nabbing his 4th victim on the basepaths this season.
Matt Macri started in place of Mike “My Clam” Lamb (that joke is a bit of a thinker), due to a lefthander starting the game for the Yanks. Macri (pronounced Mack-CREE) got his first double of the year in 3 trips to the plate. Lamb got a pinch-hit opportunity, in which he drew a walk.
Matt Guerrier pitched an inning and two thirds (20 pitches total) for his third win of the year. He allowed just one hit and also had a strikeout.
Joe Nathan picked up his 15th save in 16 tries, allowing a single but then inducing a double play to lower his ERA to 1.46 on the year.
Now the team hosts the Baltimore Orioles with Kevin Slowey pitching tonight against Radhames Liz, a prospect that I use to follow because of his dominant minor league stats. This is his first ML appearance this year.
Bobby Korecky was sent down, in anticipation of Scott Baker‘s return. Korecky didn’t get much work in but did a fine job when he could pitch.