Thursday, June 18, 2009

Twins 5, Pirates 1

The Pirates dropped the rubber match in Minnesota today as they fell to 31-35 overall and the Twins improved to 34-34. Zach Duke took the loss on the mound although he was able to pick up another quality start.

Duke went six innings, yielding three runs on only seven hits. Nick Blackburn got the rare complete game victory today for the Twins. He scattered six hits and threw only 107 pitches in the game. The Bucs lone run came on an Adam LaRoche single in the ninth.

Not much to say about this one. When a pitcher is on, he is on. From what I have read it was more of a fact that Blackburn was on. The game was not televised locally so hard to pick different things about the game.

The Pirates got a huge lift when all star Joe Mauer was scratched from the starting lineup due to flu like symptoms. That, however, was not enough to take the game and the series.

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