Glen Perkins nabbed his 7th win of the year on Friday, helped by his 10th Quality Start in 14 total starts this season. He allowed 3 hits but no runs in 6 innings, walking 3 and striking out 1. It was long believed that Perkins was better-suited as a lefty in the bullpen but frankly I think he has to start for us. He seems to be good for about 6 innings, as seen by his 8 starts of 6 innings or less. Either way, he’s earned a spot in our young, developing rotation. I don’t see him being shuffled around any more, and we can only hope he’ll continue to improve.

 

Perk was helped by 4 Delmon Young singles, 2 Jason Kubel RBI, and 2 RBI from Brian Buscher as well.

 

Game 2 was one I was unable to watch, but it seems like it was interesting enough. It was a 14-2 drubbing with the Twins scoring 8 runs with 2 outs.

Helping Livan Hernandez win his 10th game of the year were solo homers by Joe Mauer and Young, and 2-run homers by Justin Morneau and Brian Buscher.

Carlos Gomez, Mauer, Morneau, Young, Buscher, and Denard Span all had at least 2 runs scored. Brendan Harris was the only Twin without a hit and he joined Craig Monroe as the only Twins to not score a run.

 

Minnesota’s heart was broken in the final game, in which Scott Baker pitched 8 innings and only gave up one run; a solo homer to Taylor Teagarden. In fact, that was (and still is) Taylor’s only Major League hit. A congratulations goes out to him, even though that’s an awful way to lose a game. The Twins could only muster 3 hits, all singles, and didn’t help themselves with two double plays and a caught stealing.

 

They’re in New York now to face off against the Yankees, meaning games will start at 6:05 instead of the usual 7:05. Tonight we face former Twin Sidney Ponson…this should be interesting.

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