Pirates on Parade

The Twins latest (interleague) home stand got off to a good start last night with an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Glen Perkins was welcomed back to the starting rotation and pitched solidly, getting good run support from our boys from the very beginning. Everyone got on base at some time, Crede and Cuddyer were back in the line-up and got hits, and Joe Mauer went 4-4 to increase his average to an incredible .429 for the season. No slowing down in June for Joe so far!

Jesse Crain, whose performances in the bullpen this year have been anything but stellar, got optioned to Rochester, which I think many Twins fan will welcome. However, despite his difficulties, I hope he can work them out and get back to pitching well again because the Twins bullpen is shorthanded already. Denard Span is on the DL for a few days while he sorts out his dizziness issues, and Jason Pridie has been called back up from Triple-A Rochester to the 25-man roster.

Francisco Liriano will get the start today, and I think he really needs a commanding game to boost his confidence. His opposition on the mound for the Pirates will be Ian Snell, who by the looks of things has also had his fair share of poor starts, going 1-7 this season so far. Should be an interesting game, and the Twins will be hoping to clinch a series victory quickly.

On Thursday, it will be Nick Blackburn vs Zach Duke. As the Pirates get used to playing in the Metrodome, I’m sure they’ll improve from yesterday’s performance, and will still provide the Twins with plenty of healthy competition. As they showed in their 2-1 series win over Detroit this past weekend, these plucky Pirates are no pushovers, especially with a mascot like this.

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photo: fullcountpitch.com
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3 comments

  1. Marty_G

    Well, the Pirates’ record for the season isn’t that much worse than the Twins to be honest, and they just managed a series victory over Detroit, so you never know. This is the mildly schizophrenic Twins we’re talking about here, whose form has been erratic at best, plunging from greatness to ineptitude from game to game, so I think most Twins fans won’t be taking anything for granted just yet, even if we remain quietly confident!

    Twins Limey

  2. Elizabeth D

    Nice blog! Glad I came to it. I like your way of becoming a Twins fan (About Me section). I’m glad that Perkins is back for you guys, and I hope Liriano gets his confidence back… that’s the most important thing for a pitcher!
    Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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