MINNESOTA 4, DETROIT 2 IN MINNESOTA
Date: Wednesday, April 16.
Batting stars: Corey Koskie was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Cristian Guzman was 2-for-3 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, and two runs. A. J. Pierzynski was 2-for-4 with a double. Jacque Jones was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, his third.
Pitching stars: Rick Reed pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk and striking out five. Johan Santana retired all four batters he faced, striking out one. Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect inning.
Opposition stars: Wil Ledezma retired all seven batters he faced, striking out three. Bobby Higginson was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
The game: The Tigers put a man on second with two out in the first and did not score. The Twins put men on second and third with one out in the first and did not score. The Twins got on the board in the second when Bobby Kielty and Pierzynski started the inning with back-to-back doubles, putting Minnesota up 1-0. They got one more in the third. Guzman was hit by a pitch and Koskie singled, putting men on first and third with none out. Torii Hunter then hit into a double play which scored a run and made it 2-0.
The Twins put together a two-out rally in the fourth. Jones and Guzman singled with two down and Koskie hit a two-run double to increase the lead to 4-0. The Tigers cut the lead in half in the fifth. Eric Munson singled and scored on a one-out double by Matt Walbeck. With two out, Bobby Higginson hit an RBI single and it was 4-2.
And there it stayed. Detroit did not get a hit after the fifth inning. They did get a pair of two-out walks in the seventh, but Santana came in to retire Carlos Pena on a fly ball. Detroit did not get a baserunner after that.
WP: Reed (1-2). LP: Adam Bernero (0-3). S: Guardado (6).
Notes: Kielty was at DH in this game.
The Twins made no in-game lineup substitutions.
Kielty was 1-for-3 and was batting .370. Jones raised his average to .358. Guzman raised his average to .341. Koskie raised his average to .311.
Dustan Mohr was 0-for-4 and was batting .125. Hunter was 0-for-4 and was batting .137.
Juan Rincon pitched two-thirds of an inning without giving up a run. He and Santana each had an ERA of zero. Guardado lowered his ERA to 1.35.
Tiger players with a Twins connection are Walbeck and Munson. Craig Paquette was drafted by them but did not sign.
Bernero pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and two walks. He struck out none. Detroit had a 1-12 record at this point in the season.
The Twins had won three, lost six, and now had won five. They would go for the series sweep the next day. If they got it, it would be the fifth consecutive series sweep they had been involved in to start the season.
Record: The Twins were 8-6, tied for second with Chicago in the American League Central, 3.5 games behind Kansas City.