Twins-Angels: Kevin Slowey Solves Mechanics; Stymies Angels

Dan WadeSenior Analyst IApril 19, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 6: Jason Kubel #16 of the Minnesota Twins runs out an infield ground ball in a game against the Seattle Mariners at the Metrodome on April 6, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

Four series into the season, the Twins have finally secured their first series win.

In game one, Jason Kubel took the Twins on his back and reversed a five-run deficit to lead the team to a 11-9 win.

Game two saw Kevin Slowey take the mound, hoping to improve on his previous outing. Against the Blue Jays, Slowey found too many bats and gave up five runs on 13 hits in his 5.1 innings of work.

During a midweek film session, Slowey discovered, and later corrected, a mechanical flaw in his delivery. Armed with this new information, Slowey faced an Angels line-up that lacked Vlad Guerrero, but still boasted a very potent offense.

Slowey gave up two early runs on home run by former Twin Torri Hunter, but settled in after that to shut the Angels offense down. Far from consistently working out of jams, as he did against the Blue Jays, Slowey gave up just six hits and a walk, while striking out five in seven innings of work.

The Twins have squandered strong outings from starters before, but everything fell into place on Saturday.

Jason Kubel followed his cycle on Friday night with a strong 4-for-5 outing on Saturday, with three runs scored and two more driven in. Delmon Young played his best game of the season to date, going 2-for-3, with three RBI and a very rare walk.

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Every Twins hitter reached base via hit or walk and despite leaving nine men on base, plated nine runs.

Breaking the trend of the last few games, the bullpen was solid tonight. Craig Breslow walked the first batter he faced, but got the next three Angels to end the eighth.

New Twins acquisition Juan Morillo lived up to his reputation as a flamethrower when he made his 2009 debut in the ninth.

His fastball topped out at 98 and averaged 97 for the three hitters he set down; of the 13 pitches he threw, Morillo got 10 over for strikes, which was the Twins major concern in signing Morillo away from the Rockies.

The Twins send Glen Perkins tomorrow to the mound to try and complete their first sweep of the season and return to .500. He'll square off against Angels rookie Shane Loux; both pitchers are looking for their first win in 2009.