By La Velle
X-Rays on Joe Crede’s right hand showed only a bruise. He’ll try to grip a bat tomorrow.
Nick Blackburn looked headed for a short night after throwing 44 pitches over the first two innings. But he threw five pitches in the third and seemed to settle in after that. He set a career high with seven strikeouts.
“I thought that was huge,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “After that, he settled into a groove. His sinker was really good. He worked hard in and used his breaking ball and used his change up. I think it was just a matter of he didn’t give into them. He started pounding the strike zone and locating really good after he had that quick inning.”
Blackburn walked two batters – the first walk issued by the Twins in 18 innings.
Brendan Harris ended a 0-for-11 skid with his single in the fifth.
Nick Punto’s single in the fifth ended a 0-for-13 skid. He came back with a double in the seventh off of Josh Bard. So Punto gets a hit off of the 97-mile an hour throwing Bard while Joe Mauer strikes out against him. You can never have this game figured out.
The Twins have hit 38 homers in 24 May games after hitting 16 homers in April.
Joe C. is in the driver’s seat tomrrow while I work ahead on a couple things. I will try to post some minor league notes tomorrow, but I also will be at Brit’s to watch the Champions League final. The local Manchester United supporters group wants me to watch the match with them at The Local – but I’m pulling for Barcelona.