It's been a very rough season for the Twins, meaning games like last night's have been few and far between. That only makes us appreciate them all the more when they happen. For once it seemed like every ball fell in for Minnesota, as they cruised to a 13-5 victory over the Angels, scoring early, often, and late.
Those 13 runs mark a season high, as do the 16 hits (tied) and 9 walks accumulated by Twins batters [edit: never mind on the hits, as they just changed one to an error]. It was also the first time that the Twins had won consecutive games since July 26th and 27th. That's right--they didn't win back-to-back games in the entire month of August! I guess that's not all that hard to accomplish when you only win 7 times in 28 games, though.
Everyone contributed, as you might expect when a team sets a season-high in runs. Each of the first seven hitters in the order (Ben Revere, Trevor Plouffe, Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer, Danny Valencia, Rene Tosoni, and Luke Hughes) had at least 1 run, 1 hit, 1 RBI, and 1 walk. That's the first time in franchise history that 7 different hitters have done that in the same game, and the last time any team had more players do that was more than a half-century ago. And each of the nine guys in the lineup had a hit, the third time that's happened this season, with only Tsuyoshi Nishioka failing to record an RBI.
Now, on Saturday, they'll have a chance to put together their first 3-game winning streak since they won 3 straight from July 3rd to July 5th.