Twins closer Perkins passes one test, but not a second

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 24, 2013 - 6:43 AM

The closer got his first four-out save Monday, only to falter Tuesday.

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goldengoph3rJul. 24, 1312:21 AM

Nice column Patrick. Historically, closers *used* to come in with runners on base, which usually meant the 8th inning. Great to see Gardenhire's new-found flexibility.

sarge8758Jul. 24, 1312:42 AM

Just like tonight in Anaheim.

manoliveJul. 24, 13 1:30 AM

I'm glad Gardy is following my advice by throwing away the book, but he had 2 shutdown eighth inning guys in Thielbar and Burton, why not throw one of those guys in? Then Perkins gave up a run and nearly blew it if not for a spectacular catch by Thomas. Plus the ninth could have gone either way. I guess I just didn't see the need to bring in Perk. Sometimes closers have a hard time closing if you have them pitch the eighth too. The game was in hand, and the other guys I mentioned could have handled it. But keep switching things up, Gardy. With a little clutch hitting and managing, this could be a good team if you add a few more pieces.

Dantes929Jul. 24, 13 9:19 AM

One thing Nathan did very well against non Yankeee teams is not let a blown save be something worse. Perkins gave up 3 walks and a hit but only let the tying run score. I know he got them in the jam to start with but with bases loaded, tie game and 1 out in the 9th on the road he literally saved the game by getting out of it. I gets a blown save which he deserves but got the win which he also deserves.

vikeleJul. 24, 13 9:34 AM

I was at the game in Oakland, sitting third row above the Twins dugout, on the day Perkins started and the Twins gave up 10 runs in the first and 8 runs in the second (or something like that). I remember seeing Perkin's face as he walked back to the dugout mid-inning when he was pulled - I thought that was the end of his Twins career. This guy has really made a nice comeback as a closer, when it seemed he might join the likes of his Twins peers at the time of Blackburn/Baker/Slowey. He impresses me.

CountChoculaJul. 24, 1310:56 AM

Says a lot about cookbook Gardenhire that this is the first time he's even bothered to try that.

northsportsJul. 24, 1311:05 AM

Why are we jeopordizing the health of our top pitcher by doing this ? Really, really dumb move ! TJ surgery is right around the corner for Perks if we keep up this stupidity !! Bring the kid back from AAA who is lights out down there if we need another 8th inning guy to replace Burton for now. We already over used Burton and it has caused him to be less effective and now we are going to do it with Perks. I repeat, really stupid idea !!!

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