News Forum Blogs Roster Players Schedule Depth chart Stats Videos Photos

Toronto Blue Jays News

News » Joe Crede comes through for Minnesota Twins in 11th inning against Toronto Blue Jays


Joe Crede comes through for Minnesota Twins in 11th inning against Toronto Blue Jays


Joe Crede comes through for Minnesota Twins in 11th inning against Toronto Blue Jays
The already-meager crowd of 15,375 had dwindled further by the time Joe Crede came to the plate in the 11th inning Tuesday night. Throughout the Metrodome a few fans stood, maybe hoping for a walk-off win or perhaps just contemplating their departure.

Crede was looking for redemption, possibly even a little acceptance. His double in the fifth had snapped an 0-for-10 streak, but with the bases loaded in the sixth, he had grounded into an inning-ending double play, quashing Minnesota's momentum and failing for the second time in his brief tenure as a Twin to come through with the bases full.

Now with two outs and one on (Justin Morneau at first), Crede's smoothly laced double proved as paramount as a grand slam, plating the winning run as Minnesota edged Toronto 3-2.

"When you come to a new team, everything starts off the field and in the clubhouse. These guys have been great in accepting me," said Crede, who saw his batting average climb from .154 to .194 in his first multihit game as a Twin . "It helps you find that comfort level, and then you can take that out onto the field and feel that much better out there."

The dog pile was made possible by Crede's hit, sure, but just as much credit went to Morneau's lumbering work on the base paths. Hours before, the big first baseman joked that although he is hitting in Joe Mauer's third spot in the lineup, the team shouldn't start counting on him to score from first the way Mauer so often does. Call it foreshadowing.

"I was thinking about that when I was running up the stairs (to the clubhouse), and I couldn't breathe 10 minutes after the game," Morneau said. "I appreciate when (Mauer) scores from first for me, that's for sure."

Tuesday's outcome snapped Toronto's 10-game winning streak against Minnesota but still didn't add up to a win for Glen Perkins. For the second consecutive start, the left-hander pitched eight brilliant innings, but his record remains 0-1. Last week he was the loser in a 1-0 game against Seattle, and Tuesday he limited a lineup that mashed 19 hits the previous night and entered the game batting .322 as a team to two runs and seven hits.

"Perkins was fantastic. That was his ballgame all the way," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You can't pitch much better than that."

Monday night Perkins huddled in the clubhouse with pitching coach Rick Anderson and Kevin Slowey, who had just been roughed up for 13 hits. The trio's discussion, Perkins said, was about "as much what I was going to do as what he did."

The group broke with a Tuesday night game plan that has never been difficult for Perkins to execute -- pitch inside.

"If you look back on every guy I faced, at least every guy in their lineup, I moved him," said Perkins, owner of a 1.69 earned-run average. "Slowey made a lot of good pitches Monday, but they were a lot of good pitches in the same spot. (The Blue Jays) start getting out there and being able to hit those balls right down the middle. Just to be able to back them up and make them move their feet, stand them up or make them jump, you make them uncomfortable. I'm definitely not trying to hit guys, but you make them uncomfortable."

Toronto's Ricky Romero, making just his second big-league start, succeeded at that as well. The 24-year-old lefty retired the side in order in his first three innings and in his last, matching Perkins' eight frames and two runs allowed. When he loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, he escaped calmly, getting Michael Cuddyer to strike out swinging and Crede to ground into that double play.

"Filthy," Gardenhire said of Romero. "From my side it looked like he was nasty all over. It didn't look like any ball went straight. We knew that. I saw the report. When you're reading the report, if you cover up the name, it looked like Bob Gibson or something like that because of all the stuff -- 94 or 95 (mph) and then it gets down to 91 with a hard cut, and you're going, 'We've got no chance.' "

Thanks to Perkins' inside work, Crede's bat and Morneau's unlikely speed, they did.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 15, 2009

toronto-blue-jays--rogers-centre
Toronto Blue Jays Photos
All the latest Toronto Blue Jays Photos Store photographs. Major League Baseball MLB.
The most recent photo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live

Copyright © Bluejayshome.com, Inc. All rights reserved 2008.