A day after the Minnesota Twins used their bullpen exclusively they were in desperate need of a quality start from their starting pitcher. Mike Pelfrey responded in a big way.
On a hot summer Minneapolis afternoon, Pelfrey made his best start in a Twins uniform. Pelfrey pitched eight scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. He recorded seven punch-outs. He struck out the side in the fourth inning. The seven strikeouts was one shy of Pelfrey’s career-high.
Pelfrey, not Phil Hughes has been the Twins ace. Yes, you heard that right, Mike Pelfrey has been the Twins ace. Remember when Pelfrey was going to be pitching out of the bullpen when the Twins broke spring training? Then Ervin Santana’s suspension was announced. Since the suspension Pelfrey has taken the ball and hasn’t looked back.
In his last four starts, Pelfrey has given up just three earned runs and has a 0.96 earned run average. In two June starts, Pelfrey has pitched 15 innings and surrendered just one run.
Pelfrey is now 5-2 on the season with a 2.28 earned run average. Pelfrey’s 2.28 earned run average has him ranked tenth in the league. Pelfrey wasn’t supposed to be in the rotation when the season started, but he’s been a major player in the Twins being in first place in the American League Central.
After knocking off the Brewers in the series finale at Target Field, the Twins will welcome the Kansas City Royals to Target Field. It will be a clash for first place in the American League Central, you won’t want to miss it.
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