Postgame: Some crazy numbers, some tired pitchers
- Blog Post by: Phil Miller
- August 23, 2014 - 12:29 AM
A four-hour game and lots of storylines after the Twins' 20-6 win:
TIRED ARMS: The Tigers used seven actual pitchers on Friday, plus infielder Andrew Romine, while the Twins used six. That sets up a stressful weekend for both managers, who must find enough pitching to cover at least 27 more innings over a 28-hour span beginning at noon tomorrow. The Twins are in better shape than the Tigers, of course, considering their starter went deeper into the game, and no reliever threw more than 20 pitches. EVERY Tiger reliever threw at least 16 pitches, and two of them topped 30. Doesn't sound like a lot, but these days, that's enough to make a manager reluctant to call upon them. Tomorrow's doubleheader might include another big score, because if a game gets out of hand, both Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire might be inclined to ask a pitcher (or position player) to keep pitching.
HAS ARCIA'S HOMER COME DOWN YET? It was a big night all around, considering this game tied the record for most runs ever scored in Target Field -- they beat Baltimore 19-7 on July 16, 2012, the only other 26-run game -- and the Twins became the first team ever to score 20 runs in this ballpark. But it was an especially big night for the youngsters in the Twins' lineup, a trio that went a combined 7-for-17 with two homers and seven RBIs. Kennys Vargas had a pair of doubles, Danny Santana homers and drove in four, and Oswaldo Arcia -- holy cow, did he put on a show. His second-inning double tied the score, and his eighth-inning home run was simply Thome-esque. It soared high above the playing field and initially appeared headed toward the parking deck behind the right-field stands. It finally came down and plunked the top of the State of Minnesota flagpole, the second time this week he's hit a pole. How is that possible? Arcia now has seven home runs and 20 RBIs in August. The franchise record for RBIs in August is 30 by Gary Gaetti in 1987. Arcia has another week to take aim at it.
SOMEBODY SAVE THE BALL FOR HIM: A couple of other amazing stats about tonight: The teams left a combined 22 runners on base. That floored me, as did the walks -- Detroit walked nine Twins, second only to the 12 free passes they received from Toronto on April 17, while the Twins walked only one Tiger, and that one was intentional. And with three walks and two hits, Jordan Schafer added 62 points to his on-base percentage, from .326 to .388. But perhaps my favorite part of the night came in the eighth inning, after infielder Andrew Romine, called upon as an emergency pitcher, allowed back-to-back homers, then somehow struck out Kurt Suzuki (who had no fun at all -- while the Twins collected 20 hits, he went 0-for-6). And as is automatic when a rookie records a first, it was accompanied by a press box announcement: "That's the first career strikeout for Romine." Broke us up.
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