Moonlight feels right.
When you play well, this game looks so simple. It's not, of course, but it looks that way.
Staff Ace Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh, the first Twin to do that this season. He gave up one run in 6.1 innings, and might have given up none at all if not for a bobbled double play ball. The only real blemish is that he walked four, but no one's going to talk too much about that today. The bullpen came in and did everything you could ask for. Duensing retired all five men he faced and Swarzak retired all three.
The offense came through as well. Jason Kubel hit a triple, not something you really expect him to do, to put the Twins ahead 2-1. They then came through with a five-run fourth to put the game away. Joe Mauer had a key two-out single in the inning and Chris Colabello had a two-run double. The Twins led 7-1 after four and it was smooth sailing after that.
For some reason, or most likely for no reason, Colabello seems to be getting his RBIs in bunches. His fourteen RBIs are almost twice what anyone else on the team has, but he's driven in runs in only four of the ten games: six in game three, one in game four, four in game six, and three last night. The Twins won three of those four, losing only game four when he only drove in one. In the one game the Twins won in which Colabello did not get an RBI, he scored twice.
We would be remiss in our recapping duties if we did not at least mention that Trevor Plouffe! went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring twice and driving in one, Kurt Suzuki was 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs, and Josmil Pinto was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a home run. The homer, his first of the season and fifth in his career, got kind of lost in all the scoring, but it was very important at the time, moving the score from 2-1 to 3-1.
To the shock of everyone, rest did not result in Josh Willingham being healed, and so he has been placed on the disabled list. Fortunately, the Twins offense is so good that it does not need another batter, so Michael Tonkin has been recalled from Rochester to shore up the bullpen.
Through ten games, the Twins are unbeaten in games in which they have scored seven or more runs. They are also unbeaten in games in which they have given up four or fewer runs. It would appear, then, that if the Twins score a lot of runs and don't give up very many, they stand a very good chance of winning. Armed with this information, the rest of the season should be simple, and this game will only be the first of a 153-game winning streak. We're still on track for 156-6!