The Minnesota Twins might very well be a tough team but they still were against a team that they should have a tough time beating on Saturday. The reason they were able to defeat the Detroit Tigers is the same reason that any team can win any game. At any given time one player can really step forward and lead his team in a huge way. Tonight that was Trevor Plouffe in his first game back and on his birthday.
Plouffe returned playing third base and all he did was hit a homer, double and drive in three runs for the Twins. He and the Twins got a boost when Anibal Sanchez had to exit the game early to be sure. The one weakness of the Tigers has been their inconsistent bullpen all year long and when Sanchez had to check out early, the Twins really pounced and scored four runs off of the ‘pen of the Tigers.
Plouffe didn’t just pick on the bullpen though. He had a two-run homer off of Sanchez as well. Though it is possible Sanchez wasn’t feeling 100% since he left shortly after that, the pitch was a decent one so I believe the credit has to go to Plouffe. He led that charge into the bullpen as well and they put the game far enough so that their own pitching staff was able to hold off the powerful Tigers.
The Twins should not have won this game and I guarantee you there were some agree people who bet against them on this night. Some things you just can’t plan for I guess like the early exit of Sanchez. Also, it would have been difficult to pick Plouffe to return with such a bang. Although it was his birthday so maybe that had something to do with it.