Duensing arm, Kubel 3-run homer put Twins past Angels 7-2

By saramarsh

[picappgallerysingle id=”9443716″]Brian Duensing has turned out to be quite the starting pitcher, hasn’t he? Last night, in the Minnesota Twins 7-2 victory ballgame over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (ugh), Duensing threw eight innings in 103 pitches. Jason Kubel had a three-run homer to help Duensing get the win over the Angels. Duensing is now 7-1.

Plus, Duensing held the Angels to seven hits and one run in eight innings. With Francisco Liriano letting the August heat mess with his head, and Carl Pavano admitting that he’s leaving pitches up over the plate and needs to make some adjustments, Duensing is a breath of competent fresh air.

In fact, according to Elias Sports Bureau, Duensing’s 13.8-pitch average per inning is the second lowest in major league baseball. Only Cliff Lee throws fewer – and not by much at 13.4 pitches per inning. Pretty impressive for Duensing, who was pulled into the rotation from the Twins’ bullpen mid-season to take struggling starting pitcher Nick Blackburn’s place after he was sent down to Triple-A Rochester.

I’m sure glad the Twins didn’t make a trade for Dan Haren. Haren is 1-4 in his starts for the Angels, and the Twins brutalized him again last night, scoring seven runs on eleven hits. Ouch.

Offensively, again, most of our lineup got on base, Kubel had that monster three-run homer, and my man Jim Thome started off the fourth inning with a triple (Delmon Young’s single scored him). J.J. Hardy and Joe Mauer each hit a nice sacrifice fly, and Orlando Hudson also had an RBI.

Almost makes the misery of Thursday night’s 11-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox disappear. I was at the game that night, and I must say, despite the stinky numbers and Nick Punto reinjuring his hamstring, it was a gorgeous night at Target Field.

Tonight, Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey (who has been lights out of late) will take on Angels RP Trevor Bell. Slowey is fantastic, and Bell is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA. I don’t see why the Twins wouldn’t win this one.

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