The reigning American League MVP was nothing short of sensational against the Twins Thursday night at Target Field. Minnesota was defeated 11-8 by the single bat of Mike Trout, taking care of business for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trout put two balls into the outfield bleachers, including a grand slam to dead center in the top of the second, three runs scored, five RBI’s, along with three walks! Complete dominance at the plate, not only by Trout, but by the entire Angels offense.
The Halos recorded 11 runs off 15 hits thanks to a horrendous outing by the Twin’s pitching staff top to bottom. Tommy Milone got the start for Minnesota and couldn’t make it past the second inning. The lefty went 1 1/3 while allowing five runs and three walks. The bullpen was no help either as A.J. Achter came in to relieve Milone and immediately gave up the grand slam to Trout.
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If it wasn’t for the bat of Mike Trout the Twins might have actually had a chance. Torri Hunter (above) led the attack with a 2-5 performance, which included a 3-run shot to left in the fourth. Eddie Rosario also recorded two hits, including a triple in the bottom of the first inning to give him a Major League leading 13th on the season. As a team the club compiled for seven runs on 12 hits. Fortunately for us, Texas can’t seem to lose and they’re playing Houston. The Rangers defeated the Astros, completing the four game sweep and taking full control of the AL West with a now 2 1/2 game lead, keeping the Twins at 1 1/2 games back for the wild card.
We better hope to get a win in tomorrow nights game versus the Angels if we want any chance in securing a wild card spot. With a third straight loss tomorrow, we would likely fall to 2 1/2 games back of the Astros with the Angels just one game behind the Twins. We put our faith in Mike Pelfrey Friday night as he goes head-to-head with Andrew Heaney.
God Bless and Go Twins