Well Twins fans, we got our first series win this weekend against the Indians! Saturday we won 10-3 and yesterday we won 4-3. Friday night’s game was rained out and will be made up later in the season. So, what has helped the club? I think the answer lies in the fact that our offense was hitting these past couple of games and the pitching has been pretty solid too.
As manager Ron Gardenhire has been saying, it’s only a matter of time before we start to hit. All season up until last weekend, the Twins weren’t hitting. But, this past weekend, the Twins were advancing runners from first to third on hit and run plays and they also stole some bases this weekend as well.
Not only that, Justin Morneau got 2 key doubles for the Twins this weekend that drove in 4 runs for the Twins. Jason Kubel also got a double yesterday that drove in the tying and go ahead runs in the seventh inning for the Twins. All of this with only 1 home run, hit by Danny Valencia on Saturday.
The starting pitching in these 2 games was solid. Brian Duensing allowed only 1 earned run on 5 hits in seven innings of pitching, walking 2 and striking out 3. Yesterday, Carl Pavano allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
Well, I think things are looking up for the Twins. However, we still need to play well like we’ve been doing these past games. And, hopefully Delmon Young can be back soon. Joe Mauer I think is a ways away from being back with the club. He’s not been able to do any leg work yet. Tsuyoshi Nishioka has been doing some workouts on an underwater treadmill at Target Field and is making progress. He’s been out with a broken fibia the past couple of weeks and will return in another few weeks or so.
Stay tuned folks. I’m planning on doing my next blog briefly discussing the minor league clubs and some key players. And, follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/troystwinsblog.