The Twins defeated the Tigers today 3-2, snapping their 4th longest losing streak in team history at 10 games.
The Tigers were treated to the M&M boys, as Joe Mauer hit a solo shot followed by an RBI double by Justin Morneau in the 1st. Morneau eventually came around to score on a Chris Parmelee single. P.J. Walters, making his 2013 debut, pitched 6 solid innings with Brian Duensing, Josh Roenicke and Jared Burton giving solid relief work before Glen Perkins closed it out in the 9th.
Player of the game:
6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Walters biggest moment of the game came in the 5th inning. Torii Hunter hit an RBI double over the head of Wilkin Ramirez in CF (he did take a terrible rout) to bring up Miguel Cabrera representing the tying run. Walters kept his cool, eventually striking out Cabrera on a full count with a nice breaking ball.
Hashtag of Day:
- Oswaldo Arcia, who’s been really struggling at the plate, was optioned to AAA Rochester Friday night. Arcia leave’s Minnesota in a 3 for 32 slump. Some might be confused why Aaron Hicks has not gone down yet, and the answer is this: there is no one to really replace him in CF. There is plenty of depth in the corner spots with Parmelee, Willingham, Ramirez and Doumit. Arcia will go to Rochester to work on putting better swings on offspeed pitches. If he succeeds, he should be back with the Twins at some point this season.
Joe Benson was removed from the 40 man roster in order to make room for P.J. Walters, and the Twins hoped his rough start in Rochester would help pass him through waivers. 27 teams passed on Benson, but the Rangers took a flier and claimed him. There are sure to be many mixed feelings in the Twins community on losing Benson. He was named the Twins Minor League Player of the year in 2010, finishing his year with a .259 avg and 27 HR with 62 RBI. The Twins’ logic makes sense, and I’m sure their brass can’t be too upset they’ve lost him. Aaron Hicks is with the club now, if top prospect Byron Buxton can keep his current pace, we might see him manning CF by 2015. In other words, there’s not really room for Joe.