(Minneapolis, Minn)–After coming off a tough series to the White Sox the Twins have bounced back nicely by completing a three game sweep this after noon over the Oakland Athletics.
A questionable move by Ron Gardenhire paid off today as struggling left hander Fransico Liriano toed the rubber. Liriano started the season in the starting rotation, but after a quick 0-5 start found himself in the bullpen.Today Liriano “…was on his game.” Gardy said after the game. Liriano went six shut out innings with nine strikeouts and only allowing two walks. “Thats the control we’re looking for.” Gardenhire said.
Josh Willingham has been swinging a strong bat as of late. If last nights ninth inning game winning blast wasn’t enough, Willingham went yard again today. Today’s bomb was his tenth of the season and two of three runs batted in today for Willingham.
In game two of the sweep Eden Prairie, Minn native Cole De Vries made his second start for the Twins. De Vries pitched five shut out innings, but threw 92 pitches in those 5 innings with five walks.
Scott Diamond made his fifth start of the season on Monday. Diamond went six and one thirds innings, giving up three earned runs with four strike outs. Ron Gardenhire said “Diamond is showing promising signs of a big league pitcher.”
The Twins have tomorrow off then start a six game road trip tomorrow night at Progressive Field in Cleveland with the Indians.
Carl Pavano (2-4) is expected to start for the Twins, facing off against Derek Lowe (6-3) for the Indians.
First pitch in Friday night’s game is 7:05pm.