After a miserable start to the season, the Twins have won four straight series and at 25-35 are only 8.5 games behind A.L. Central leading Chicago. The team won the opening game of a three game series against Philadelphia in inter-league play 11-7 at Target Field on Tuesday night.
"It starts with that pitching. If the starting pitcher gives us a chance like they have been then you can win series," said Manager Ron Gardenhire. "It's about pitching and catching the ball and we work through it offensively."
On May 27th, the team was a season high 17 games below .500 and while the team is still in the basement of the American League, they have gone 7-3 in the month of June. Starting pitcher Scott Diamond is 2-0, allowing only three runs in 13 innings.
The Twins and Phillies continue their series tonight as P.J. Walters battles Cole Hamels.
The offense continues to be white hot. Trevor Plouffe hit his 10th homerun and Josh Willingham belted his team leading 12th in the latest win.
Hamels (8-3, 2.93 ERA) has not been himself over his last three starts. The lefty is sporting a 5.23 ERA in those games.