“Cuddyer Mak’er is All In!” I’ll say!
“It was probably the worst I’ve had here as a manager as far as runs scored against us,” said Ron Gardenhire, the Twins manager since 2002.
Kinsler had four of the Rangers’ league-best 27 hits as Texas became the first team to score 20 runs since Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 20-0 on April 22 last season. The Rangers had 18 runs by the fifth inning as they scored three runs in each of the first three innings. Texas added five in the fourth and four in the fifth.
“The first five innings looked like a ZIP code, that will tell you how it went…33354,” Gardenhire said. “I think that’s Florida…Fort Lauderdale.”
...Gardenhire said Cuddyer, who pitched in high school, had made it clear he wanted to pitch in a blowout game. He’s now played every position in the majors except catcher and shortstop.
“I had to put somebody out there and he would have killed me if I would have put anybody else out there,” said Gardenhire, who had used five pitchers before Cuddyer and wanted to save a few relievers for Tuesday night’s game against Texas.
“That was his one goal in his career was to pitch, and he pitched. I was scared to death, but he got through it. He had a big smile on his face. We had to get through the ninth as best we could.”
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