Charlie Barnes found out on Sunday that the twins needed him – during a short break – to start the series against the Tigers on Tuesday.
Given the conditions, Barnes gave the Twins everything they could have asked for – four scoreless innings on a pitch count – in their 3-2 win over the Tigers at Target Field.
The twins (70-87), grateful for his efforts, elect him back to Triple-A to make room for Joe Ryan, who is returning from the bereavement / family emergency list on Wednesday.
“Charlie, with a shorter break, gave us a tremendous effort tonight,” said manager Rocco Baldelli. “Sometimes when you take a quick rest, it might be the stuff that might not be where you’re waiting for it. Sometimes it is the command that may be one of the first things you see. He was pretty good at the zone. He pitched when he needed it. ”
And he often had to because he had to deal with Tigers (75-82) basers in every inning of his start. It wasn’t a clean trip, but it was an effective one. For Barnes, who has now appeared in eight Major League games this season, it was the first goalless appearance of his career.
“I kind of knew I was on a pitch count. I had some traffic in all four innings, ”said Barnes, who threw 68 pitches in the win. “I really only tried to pitches and pitches when I needed them. I found a way tonight to do that and keep them off the board, which is huge. ”
So did most of the helpers who followed him into the game. Jorge Alcala, Tyler Duffey, Caleb Thielbar (who was credited with the win), Ralph Garza Jr. and Alexander Colomé each appeared in the win, all but Colomé throwing goalless innings.
Colomé gave up two runs in the ninth inning as the Twins narrowly missed their ninth shutout of the season, but in the end he still managed to collect his 17th save of the season.
“The guys on the hill came one by one starting with Charlie and did a great job pitching. I mean every single one, ”said Baldelli. “… It was fun to watch our boys do it. You didn’t waste time getting into the game and making outs. ”
Buxton took first place on a walk in third, swept second shortly after, advanced on a flyout, and came home to score on Mitch Garver’s sacrificial flight to give the twins a head start.
“He always plays hard, gives himself the chance to make things happen, and it doesn’t always have to be a homer, it doesn’t always have to be a highlight reel deal,” said Baldelli. “He makes it very difficult for the opponent just because of his style of play.”
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