La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins postgame: Glen Perkins displays rare emotion in save

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 21, 2014 - 7:06 PM

Twins closer Glen Perkins said he rarely shows emotion after closing out games, but he let out a fist pump following his 19th save this season.

“With everything that’s been going on and not doing well [Friday], I was excited today to get that one done, win this series and give us a chance to sweep them [Sunday],” Perkins said.

He recorded his third blown save on Friday, allowing two runs on four hits while still receiving the win. With a two run lead on Saturday, Perkins’ outing wasn’t pretty but got the job done.

He allowed a leadoff triple to center fielder Adam Eaton, who scored on a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat. Then pinch hitter Paul Konerko recorded a single right over Perkins’ head with first baseman Jose Abreu and designated hitter Adam Dunn due.

Perkins struck out both swinging – Abreu with a breaking ball and Dunn with a fastball. Dunn has not recorded a hit against Perkins in 10 career at-bats with seven strikeouts and one walk.  

“I’ve had some good success against Dunn, knock on wood,” Perkins said. “It’s never a comfortable at-bat because if he hits it, he’s going to hit it far.”

Perkins now has a win and two saves over the last three games. He hasn’t had a chance to pitch since June 13 against the Tigers prior to the four game series against the White Sox.

“It got a little hairy there at the end, but he was pumping it about 94-95 miles an hour against the big boy [Dunn], and it was pretty exciting to tell you the truth,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We end up winning the bout, a nice win for us.”

-- MASTER TESFATSION

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