September 23, 2006

Welcome, Glen Perkins

On Thursday, another Minnesota Native made his Major League Debut for the Minnesota Twins. This time, it was Glen Perkins who once pitched for the Minnesota Gophers. Perkins was just recently called up to add more stability to the Twins bullpen and to give some of the Twins pitchers some needed rest.

He came into the game with the Twins trailing by a score of 6-0. There were two outs with Gurreier on the mound when Gardy came out and called for the lefty. Much to my surprise, I saw number sixty come out of the bullpen and jog out to the mound. With two outs already on the board, Perkins threw Strike 1, followed by Strike 2, and Finally followed by Strike 3. In his 1st MLB appearance, Perkins struckout the first batter on his first three pitches.

His finished the game after pitching 1.1 innings of shutout baseball, he gave up no hits or runs while making his debut. I wonder how it felt to run out of the bullpen to make his MLB Debut, and he even got to do it against a historic ballclub in a historic park.

Twins Notes:
- Torii Hunter now has 28 HR and 90 RBI. If he reaches 100 RBI, the Twins would have 3 100 RBI players

- Joe Mauer's average is at .344
He lead by 5 points in the AL, but trails the MLB average lead by 1 point.

- Brad Radke could return soon, he threw without pain and could start atleast one more time this season.

- The Twins are currently 5.5 games up in the Wild Card. The Magic Number for the Wild Card stands at 4.

- In the Division, the Tiger lead the Twins by 1.5 games, if the Twins don't win it by atleast 1 game, the Tiger would win it due to the season record between the two teams.

- The Twins remaining schedule is the following:
Orioles: 2 Games
Royals: 4 Games
W. Sox: 3 Games