The Twins came away with a series win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday after one of the most exciting games yet at Target Field ended with a 7-6 Minnesota victory.
Nick Blackburn, who might have been hoping he'd pitch like Goose Gossage if he rocked the horseshoe mustache, spiked his ERA to 9.88, which could be enough to get him tossed out of the rotation. He surrendered nine hits and four runs on Sunday, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. Mustache or no, he's still pretty terrible.
After Blackburn completely unraveled in the sixth, Brian Duensing took the reigns and dropped his ERA to 1.67 after allowing one run on seven hits in just over three innings for the victory.
Delmon Young had another fantastic game, nailing a two-run shot in the second before capping a four-run ninth with a two-run game-winning base hit. Michael Cuddyer had a pretty good game too, going 3-for-5 with two RBI. Also, is Ron Gardenhire finally falling out of love with Nick Punto since Danny Valencia is batting .333 and flashing some fancy leather over at the hot corner?
For Game 1 at 7:10pm Monday night, Scott Baker will face left-hander Aaron Laffey, who is a career 4-2 with a 4.71 ERA in 11 games (eight starts) against the Twins. Baker is 7-6 lifetime against the Tribe with a 3.50 ERA in 17 starts.
By the way, this whole mustache thing is getting so serious that even our buddies over at 7th Inning Stache have devoted a segment to it: The Minnesota Mustache Minute.