Saturday, May 23, 2009

Twins Beat Up on Brewers

I'm not sure on the statistics on this, but I think it's very rare for a player to go for the cycle and not be on the winning team. Cycles are usually hit for when your team is just destroying the other team, and that's exactly what happened on Friday night as Michael Cuddyer pulled it off during the Twins 11-3 victory over the Brewers.

Manny Parra had been pitching very well lately, but that all came to a crashing halt in the Metrodome. Parra only lasted 3 1/3 innings, getting tagged for 9 runs, 8 of them earned. Even though the Brewers had the DH, they had to go through six pitchers, including call-up R.J. Swindle, who gave up the other two Twins runs in his one inning of work. Not worry Swindle, it's not likely we called you up specifically for this series or anything.

In addition to their struggles on the mound, the Brewers couldn't get anything going with their bats. Casey McGehee is going to get the Player of the Game honors for his 2 RBI, but you could argue against him because of his struggles defensively. There's just really no one else to give it to though, sans maybe Ryan Braun who had the other ribbie. We'll stick with McGehee though for now.

In other notable news, Bill Hall, who has once again gained black sheep status for the Crew, entered the game at third after Hardy left with back spasms. Hardy is currently listed as day-to-day. This game also saw the first appearance of Jody Gerut in a Brewers uniform, as he was used as a pinch runner and eventually scored. Welcome to Milwaukee, Jody!

Game two of the series gets underway tonight at 6:10pm.


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