Minnesota 5, Kansas City 1

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, June 30, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 91°
Umpires - Home Plate - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Alan Porter,
Attendance - 37629

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Kansas City 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Minnesota 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 9 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 35-41 14-23 21-18 L2
Minnesota 32-45 16-25 16-20 W2

Recap


Twins 5, Royals 1: Minnesota hit three home runs - matching the most it has ever hit in a game at Target Field - and Cole De Vries pitched six solid innings as the Twins finished a doubleheader sweep of visiting Kansas City.

Josh Willingham, Chris Parmalee and Joe Mauer all homered for the Twins, who matched a season high with the three long balls. 

De Vries (2-1) racked up a career-high six strikeouts and allowed one run over six innings to win for the second time in four career starts - and both wins have come against Kansas City. He earned his first major-league victory June 4 against the Royals.

Royals starter Luke Hochevar (5-8) had thrown 16 2/3 scoreless innings over his previous two starts, but Willingham snapped that streak with a two-run blast to left in the first. Parmalee added a massive solo shot to right against Hochevar in the second, and Mauer tacked on a solo blast to the opposite field in the third. 

Willingham's 16th blast pulled him even for the team lead with Trevor Plouffe, who hit his 16th in the first game. Mauer has hit safely in nine straight games after recording hits in both games of the doubleheader.

Billy Butler connected for a solo homer in the second for Kansas City's run.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Twins had lost seven of nine at home before taking both games Saturday. Minnesota has won 19 of its past 26 home games against Kansas City. … The teams have played 18 doubleheaders, and this marks only the third time the Twins have swept a twinbill from the Royals. … Twins C Ryan Doumit, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the opener, sat out the nightcap.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Minnesota
Luke Hochevar Player Cole De Vries
Loss W/L Win
6.0 IP 6.0
0 Strikeouts 6
8 Hits 5
7.50 ERA 1.50
Hitting
Kansas City   Minnesota
Billy Butler Player Joe Mauer
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 1
1 HR 1
5 TB 5
.667 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 6 1 11 .182 12 7 1 1 0 0
Minnesota 9 3 20 .281 13 2 5 4 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Kansas City. The Twins have a W/L % of .387 after a win and .435 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Royals have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .425 after a loss.