Twins starter Phil Hughes wasn't sharp tonight, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) in six innings. He walked his first two of the season and allowed 6 hits, but the Twins hammered four Brewer pitchers for 14 hits and 7 runs. Hughes became the first Twins starter to post a win this year, and
Chase Anderson hadn't allowed an earned run in his first two starts, but made up for it tonight. After a 1-2-3 first Anderson allowed 11 hits over the next four innings. That included a double, a triple, and homers from Miguel Sano and Byung Ho Park. Neither was cheap. That resulted in 5 runs, 4 earned.
Blaine Boyer took over in the bottom of the sixth, and retired the first two he faced. He then forgot how to get hitters out, allowing a single, two doubles, and a walk before a grumpy Craig Counsell removed him in favor of Tyler Cravy, who fanned Orlando Arcia's older brother Oswaldo to stop the bleeding.
The Brewers hitters were led by Scooter Gennett and Ryan Braun. Scoot was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Braun was 2 for 2 with a walk, a double, two RBI, and a run scored. Not bad production...they just couldn't keep up with the Twins' onslaught.
The Twins were so hot that they made it rain inside their nice new domed stadium...no, wait...they forgot the dome! So the teams retired to their respective clubhouses for snacks, poker, ping-pong, video games, TV, catching up on BCB, or maybe some quiet meditation. Anderson iced his arm. All relievers who hadn't pitched drew straws to see who would come out for the bottom of the seventh. Derek Johnson held the straws, and was confused when the had one left over. "Hey, Cravy...you're still available to pitch...get over here and take the last straw!"
I had a beer.
After a two hour delay, the umpiring crew took pity on me and called the game. We will never know who had the short straw.
With the rain-shortened win the Twins move to 4-9, and have won 4 straight after losing their first 9. The Brewers fall to 5-8, and have lost 3 straight.
Tuesday's contest is set for 12:10 pm CT. Wily Peralta (0-3) goes for the Crew vs. the Twins Ervin Santana (0-1).