Twins' Duensing picks up twin wins
Nobody benefited more than reliever Brian Duensing, who came into the day with a 4-1 record and left 6-1 after throwing a total of 14 pitches.
Here's the short story on what turned out to be, well, a short story:
Duensing was the pitcher of record when the Twins took the lead in both games of the sweep. He struck out the only batter he faced in the seventh inning of the first game and pitched a perfect eighth inning in the nightcap.
In doing so, he became the first pitcher since Luis Vizcaino of the 2007 New York Yankees and the first player in Twins history to register two victories in one day.
The last pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat was Walter Johnson with the 1923 Washington Senators.
"That’s just being in the right place in the right time," Duensing said.
Pretty good stuff for a guy who was in a bullpen "fight" during the doubleheader, too. Too much time on their hands for the Minnesota relievers?