Apr 7, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Minnesota Twins teammates Glen Perkins (15) and Wilkin Ramirez (22) celebrate after a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Twins defeated the Orioles 4 – 3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
The little piranhas at it again. Who remembers that nickname from Ozzie Guillen for the Twins? The Twins just took 2 of 3 on the road in Baltimore, where they haven’t won a series since 2010.
The Orioles played well this weekend. I like their team a ton, and I believe they’ll do well in a strong AL East division. But the Twins, they gritted their teeth and they’ve battled in this series.
They had a chance to win Game 1, but gave away a 4 run lead ending with a Chris Davis grand slam. Tyler Robertson came in to face Davis and served up a first pitch fastball. Ryan Doumit and Robertson’s decision to throw a first-pitch fastball to one of the game’s hottest hitters is beyond me, and it proved to be too much of a blow late in the game for the Twins to recover.
The Orioles jumped on Vance Worley for 2 runs in the 1st inning on Saturday evening. As I said, the Twins seemed to grit their teeth and welcome to the challenge. Led by a 2 run homer from Chris Parmelee, the Twins put up 4 runs in the 3rd. Baltimore chipped away at Worley, tying the the game in the bottom of the 5th. Josh Roenicke pitched well in relief, and the Twins got the run they needed from an RBI single from Justin Morneau in the 8th.
Today’s game was a ton of fun. The Orioles jumped to an early lead, and the Twins got 2 back in the top of the 3rd off a weird double from Justin Morneau. Want to know why I referenced the piranhas? Enter the 7th inning. Plouffe is hit by a pitch. Ramirez has a single. Dozier bunts them over. Parmelee with a game-tying sacrifice fly, followed by the go-ahead RBI single from Aaron Hicks. Glen Perkins got the save in both Saturday and Sunday’s contests.
was not available to throw the 8th inning of Friday’s game due to pitching two days in a row against Detroit in the previous series. Gardenhire’s decision to rest his set-up man, especially this early in the season, is understandable. But if the Twins can continue to battle late into games, having Burton available may be key. The Twins may have had a sweep if Burton was available to pitch the 8th.
Apr 7, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks (32) hits the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Twins defeated the Orioles 4 – 3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
Roenicke’s 3 scoreless innings of relief on Saturday was a nice surprise.
Seriously, on the “Little Piranhas” note. Look at today’s win. Look at yesterday’s win. Look at the walk-off win against Detroit. Even if it doesn’t keep up, it sure is nice.
The Twins (4-2) travel to Kansas City for a 3 game series against the Royals (3-3).