Glen Perkins, coming off a disastrous start in Seattle and just one day after the birth of his second child, was able to avoid pretty much any trouble against the Yankees last night on his way to his 9th win of the season. He lasted eight innings, allowed just four singles, walked three and struck out four.
Perk almost allowed a run in the 2nd inning when he made an errant pickoff throw to first. That changed the situation to a runner on third with nobody out. Glen calmed down enough to get a short pop fly and then induced one of his TWO double plays to get out of the inning unscathed.
Adam Everett was the offensive star just a day after blaming himself for the Twins’ loss in KC. Adam had just one hit but it was a homer that came with two outs and a runner on base in the 2nd inning, giving the team an early lead. Everett has just 20 hits as a Twin yet eight of those have gone for extra bases.
Joe Mauer added an RBI on a sacrifice fly, scoring Denard Span. Span scored again in the 8th inning when Justin Morneau hit an infield single over the pitcher’s mound. The funny thing is that Span was on 2nd when Justin hit it, but Denard hustled towards third and never stopped because there was no play at any base by the time Derek Jeter got to the ball.
Joe Nathan pitched the 9th inning, even though it wasn’t a save opportunity, and needed 17 pitches to strike out the side. It’s the 5th time this year that he has come into the 9th inning and struck out the side.
The White Sox lost 5-1 to the Red Sox, giving the Twins a slim .5 game lead in the AL Central standings.
Nick Blackburn (9-6, 3.60) will try to outduel ace Mike Mussina (15-7, 3.27) tonight and hopefully secure a series win.