Twins 0 4 3
WP- Billingsley (7-6)
LP- Blackburn (6-6)
HR- Oeltjen (1), Blake (4), Kemp (22)
Holy Moly. The Dodgers get 24 hits, a season high, and their first win at Target Field. The Dodgers only had 7 total runs in the entire three game series vs. the Angels, but tonight they decided to unleash a flurry of offense at the Twins' expense. Every man in the 9 man lineup had at least one hit, one RBI, and one run scored.
The scorin' would start right away in the first inning when Gwynn leads off with a single and steals 2nd. He takes 3rd on a Blake grounder. Ethier reaches safely on an error by shortstop Nishioka which allows Gwynn to score giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Kemp doubles Ethier home but is caught in a pickle between 2nd & 3rd, 2-0 Dodgers. Billingsley has a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half of the first.
|Gwynn is a Stealin' and Scorin'|
In the 4th, Oeltjen who has an amazing game, hits his first Dodger homerun making it 4-0 Dodgers. Gwynn singles again and steals second once again. Blake singles in Gwynn, 5-0 Dodgers. Nishioka also makes his second error of the game to allow Ethier to reach safely, but this could have been ruled a basehit. In the bottom of the 4th, Bills sends the Twins down in order.
Blackburn only goes 4.1 innings, allowing 12 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout on 72 pitches.
In the 5th the Singlepalooza continues (the Dodgers lead the majors in singles by the way) when Uribe singles, Oeltjen singles, and Ellis singles in Uribe, 6-0. Blackburn is pulled, and Swarzak is brought in to relieve him. He promptly gives up a single to Gordon which scores Oeltjen, 7-0. Gwynn strikes out. Blake gets an infield single to load the bases, and Ellis scores on a wild pitch, 8-0. A 5th inning meltdown!! Bills has a good 5th only allowing a walk to Thome and striking out Tosoni.
More hitting continues in the 6th when Kemp gets a broken bat single, Loney singles, and Uribe singles in Kemp and Uribe reaches 2nd on error by Cuddyer, 9-0. Loney scores on a sac fly by Oeltjen, 10-0. The Twins try to have a little rally in the bottom of the 6th when Casilla walks, Mauer doubles but Gwynn throws to Gordon who then throws a laser to Ellis at home and they get Casilla out at the plate!
|Bills Only Lasts 6 innings, but Picks up a Shut-Out Win|
Billingsley goes 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts on 107 pitches.
The Twins bring in Dumatrait to pitch in the 7th and Blake slams a solo homerun making it 11-0. Then Bison comes up and crushes a monster solo HR to straightaway center making it 12-0, his 22nd homer of the season. Blake Hawksworth comes into relieve Bills in the bottom of the 7th and strikes out the side!
In the 8th, Mijares comes into pitch and allows a triple to Oeltjen, a walk to Ellis, and a double to Gordon allowing Oeltjen to score, 13-0. Gwynn singles in Ellis, 14-0. Blake walks. Gordon scores on a sac fly by fatty, 15-0 Dodgers!! Kuo comes in and pitches the bottom of the 8th and strikes out 2 sending the Twins down in order.
Capps comes in to pitch the 9th and allows singles to Oeltjen and Ellis, but stops the bleeding at 15 runs. Elbert pitches the bottom of the 9th for the Dodgers and strikes out two after an error by Gordon.
Wowza! What a game! I haven't been feeling well, and this game made me feel a bit better. The only qualm I have is that tomorrow most likely will be a 4 hit 1 run game. Lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. The Dodger record for most hits in a game is 28 which was done three times, the last time was in 2006 against the Angels of all teams.
Hawk, Kuo, and Elbert combine to strike out 7 batters. Tony Gwynn Jr. had 4 hits, Blake had 3 hits, Kemp had 4 hits, and Oeltjen had 4 hits including 1 homerun, a triple, and 2 singles.
Tomorrow Ted Lilly goes to the mound to try to make it three wins in a row for the Dodgers. Hopefully he won't allow his usual multitude of homeruns. Have a good night Dodger fans! Go Blue:)