Postgame: Worley settles down after 1st inning

  • Blog Post by: Phil Miller
  • May 11, 2013 - 11:20 PM

A couple of leftovers from the Twins' fourth win in five nights:

-- Vance Worley seemed happy the Twins won, but not real impressed with himself after Saturday's 8-5 victory. Five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings will do that.

He'd have been a lot happier had he been able to pitch as well in the first inning as he does in the others, but that nagging problem recurred again. Four of the first five Orioles slapped hits, and three of them scored, a situation that might have been worse had Chris Davis not run into a mystifying out trying to tag up from first base.

"It's not the way you like to see a game start, knowing we're trying to get deep in the game with our starter, and we give up a field goal the first inning," manager Ron Gardenhire said of Worley, who has given up 15 first-inning runs and 18 in the other innings combined. Worley's ERA is 16.88 in the first inning, and 4.35 the rest of the way.

But to his credit, Worley got through the Orioles' tough lineup two more times with little trouble. He gave up a home run to Matt Weiters in the fourth, and had to escape a bases-loaded jam in the fifth (caused as much by an error on Trevor Plouffe as his own pitching) but he was certainly good enough to win. After the first.

-- I was amused before the game watching infielder Eduardo Escobar tell a Twins official he wanted "You're the One that I Want," the showtune from "Grease," played as his walkup music, specifically the part that goes, "I got chills, they're multiplyin'." I don't think the Twins believed him at first. Gardenhire got a big chuckle over that, too, though he said he was an Olivia Newton-John fan.

Sure enough, the song played Escobar to the plate, and it must have worked. The shortstop doubled to left his first time up, walked twice, and scored two runs.

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