TCD Series Recap: Twins at Chicago White Sox

Liriano looks to be back to his old form.

The Twins took two of three from division rival Chicago this past weekend, thanks to some timely hitting, and some clutch pitching. The Twins got a huge home run from Jason Kubel, a great start from Francisco Liriano, and many other key contributions over the weekend. Here is our series recap.

Game 1: Twins 4, White Sox 3 (11 innings)
The Twins took Game 1 of the series 4-3, working extra innings to nail down the victory. Left-hander Brian Duensing got the win in relief, as J.J. Hardy had the game-winning hit. The Twins got multi-hit efforts from three players, including a three-hit night by Justin Morneau. Leadoff hitter Denard Span broke his mini-slump by racking two hits in the contest, and Hardy's game-winner was his second hit of the night. Once again the Twins got a huge night from their bullpen, as they relieved Liriano's solid start. Pat Neshek, Matt Guerrier, Duensing, and Jon Rauch combined for five scoreless innings, with Rauch picking up his third save of the young season.

Game 2: Twins 2, White Sox 1
Jason Kubel was the hero in this game, as the slugging Designated Hitter hit the game-winning home run in the top of the seventh inning. The budding star also doubled in the contest, in what was his best hitting performance to date. The Twins registered only five hits as a team in the game, as Freddy Garcia and Scott Baker battled all day long. The blast made a winner out of staff ace Baker, who notched his first win of the season. The right-hander worked seven innings, allowing one earned, and struck out three. Jose Mijares and Jesse Crain combined to work a scoreless eighth, and Jon Rauch picked up his fourth save of the season.

Game 3: White Sox 5, Twins 4
In the final game of the three-game set, the White Sox were able to overcome a 4-1 deficit, rallying to beat the Twins 5-4. Former All-Star Andruw Jones had a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning, leading the White Sox to victory. The Twins got a shaky start from Nick Blackburn, who has now allowed four home runs in his two starts. The right-hander allowed five earned runs in 7.1 innings of work, and did not strike out a batter. Jose Mijares and Matt Guerrier teamed up to finish off the game. The Twins got multi-hit efforts from Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, and Orlando Hudson, who shook off a minor injury to play in the contest. It was Hudson's best game as Twin, and with their two hits a piece, Cuddyer and Mauer are both hitting over .300. In 2010, the Twins 3,4, and 5 hitters are all batting over .300.

TCD Notes

  • The Twins will open up Target Field on Monday, when they face the Boston Red Sox. Veteran right-hander Carl Pavano will be on the mound for the Twins, as he christens Major League Baseball's newest ballpark.

  • Monday will mark the first time Pavano has pitched in the first game of a new stadium, but he did start for the Marlins in the final game at the former Montreal Expos' ballpark, Olympic Stadium, in 2004.

  • The Twins posted a 2.89 earned run average in the three-game set against the White Sox, allowing nine earned runs in 28 innings of work.

  • Jon Rauch picked up his third and fourth saves of the season, and he now leads all of Major League Baseball.

  • Justin Morneau hit .417 during the series, leading the team with three runs batted in.
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