After pitching into the ninth inning in his major league debut last Tuesday lefthander Andrew Albers set quite a standard for himself as he approached his second start.
“If he goes out and tries to duplicate what he did before” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game “he’ll get in trouble.”
Albers didn’t duplicate. He added on.
The lefthander shut down Cleveland in leading the Twins to a 3-0 victory at Target Field on Mondaty night. And three words that seemed to have dropped out of the Twins lexicon — complete-game shutout — have returned. Albers’ 102-pitch masterpiece was the first shutout by a Twins pitcher since July 27 2012 when another Scott Diamond another lefthanded Canadian also stymied the Indians.
Albers was pulled with one out in the ninth inning last week at Kansas City because Gardenhire thought he was wiped out. That wasn’t the case Monday when Albers had the announced crowd of 30922 on their feet for the final out.
“We saw how pitching is supposed to be”