Twins Beat Pirates 2-1 In Pitchers' Duel

June 20, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Minnesota Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (16) celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of an interleague game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

A pitchers' duel between Francisco Liriano and Erik Bedard ended in a 2-1 win for the Twins.

Liriano allowed one run and had six strikeouts in 6.2 innings, while Bedard had seven whiffs in six innings. (Despite his overall line, Liriano has pitched very well in his past several starts; it's a shame the Pirates had to face the good version.) Bedard allowed his run in the first, when Josh Willingham hit a two-out double and Trevor Plouffe dropped a single into the gap to bring him home. Bedard left the bases loaded that inning when he got Jamey Carroll to line out.

The Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but only managed one run, on a sacrifice fly by Rod Barajas -- Barajas crushed the ball into the left-center gap, but Denard Span made a spectacular diving catch that kept the Pirates from taking a lead. Willingham then homered off Jason Grilli in the top of the eighth to make it 2-1. Glen Perkins walked Pedro Alvarez to lead off the ninth, but unfortunately, perhaps the Pirates' two worst hitters, Clint Barmes and Michael McKenry, made outs immediately after. The Bucs only had Garrett Jones left on their bench, not the best choice to face the lefty Perkins, and Jones struck out to end it.

Much of the gamethread, naturally, revolved around Gerrit Cole's strong debut in Class AA Altoona -- he struck out six batters, walked none, and allowed two runs in five innings. I'll let WTM discuss that in detail in the minor-league recap.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Bucs Dugout

You must be a member of Bucs Dugout to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Dugout. You should read them.

Join Bucs Dugout

You must be a member of Bucs Dugout to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Dugout. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker