Another game postponed; Twins win series
Apr 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hits a RBI double during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
An offense fans have been waiting to see click for two weeks and it finally happened. The Twins took the first two games from the Angels at Target Field before the finale was postponed due to inclement winter weather (Can’t believe I typed that, again).
Apr 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins pitcher Kevin Correia delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Correia gave another strong outing in the first game, giving up only 2 runs on 8 hits with 5 strikeouts through 7 innings. Joe Mauer had a big night at the plate, going 4-5 with a HR and 3 RBI. Trevor Plouffe also homered to help the Twins rout the Angels 8-2. Oswaldo Arcia made his Twins and MLB debut, going 1-for-3. You can read more about game 1 here.
The Angels bats finally came alive in Game 2 against Mike Pelfrey, but the Twins offense again made things happen. Lead by a second straight 4-5 performance from Mauer, Minnesota equaled their run total from the night before at 8. The biggest star of the game, in my opinion, would be Anthony Swarzak, who relieved Pelfrey in the top of the 6th and held the Angels scoreless until he gave up 2 runs in the 9th. Closer Glen Perkins recorded the final 2 outs for the save, securing the series win for Minnesota.
. Holy crap. All three of his starts he’s thrown the ball well. In fact, he’s thrown 7 innings in those 3 starts; the only Twins pitcher to do so. He’s throwing strikes, and has only walked 3 batters in that time span. Most in the Twins community criticized the signing, but so far Terry Ryan looks like a genius. Great job to Correia, I’m still not convinced though. (Please continue to convince me, Kevin).
Apr 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer hits a single during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. The Twins defeated the Angels 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Swarzak has just been solid in the bullpen. There hasn’t been much talk of it, but I wonder if he gets a chance to start at some point.
The Twins (6-7) travel to US Cellular Field for a three game series against the White Sox (7-9).