After being postponed Monday night, the Twins and Marlins split their day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, with the Twins taking the afternoon game and the Marlins taking the night cap.
Oswaldo Arcia blasted a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 4th, the first of his career, to ensure the Twins a win in the first game of of the series with Miami. Brian Dozier had a nice day at the plate with 3 hits, including a lead off triple in the 1st. Kevin Correia was solid again, pitching at least 7 innings for the third consecutive outing. Glen Perkins notched his 6th save of the season.
The Marlins jumped to an early lead with 3 runs off Mike Pelfrey in the top of the 1st and never really looked back, winning the ballgame 8-5. Pelfrey didn’t pitch well, yielding 5 runs on 9 hits in 4.2 innings pitched. The Twins had plenty of opportunities as they left a total of 19 men on base. Eduardo Escobar and Joe Mauer each had nice nights, with Mauer going 2-4 and Escobar finishing 3-3.
- Dozier has been decent in the lead-off spot. Hitters can do better in certain spots of the order, where they feel most comfortable. It’s a mental thing. Dozier enjoys batting lead off and being that guy. It also helps a guy like Joe Mauer is hitting behind him.
- Aaron Hicks is taking better at-bats. After his 4th hit of the year (all singles), his avg. sits at .073. But he’s looking a lot better at the plate. It’s time to go from passive to passive-aggressive and get some hits.
- Kevin Correia has just been outstanding for the Twins so far. He likely won’t continue to pitch deep into games every start, but it sure is fun to be excited to watch games he’s pitching right now.
- Arcia has some power. That home run was a no-doubter. It is still unclear to whether he sticks with the club once Mastroanni comes off the DL.
- Mike Pelfrey. C’mon man.
- Eduardo Escobar avg. sits at .480 in 26 PA. He’s hitting the ball hard. I hope Ron Gardenhire can find a way to keep Escobar in the lineup while he’s this hot.
The Twins (9-8) have a day off Wednesday, then begin a four game series against a very good Rangers (13-6) team on Thursday. It will be a nice test for the Twins, who’ve been playing above expectations so far.