Alex Presley was describing his first day with the Twins after Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Rangers was enjoying how much his three hits helped eliminate some of that Hello-My-Name-Is awkwardness with his teammates when it was pointed out he had been given the don’t-steal sign before the fifth-inning pitch on which he was yes thrown out stealing. “Oh — that was a no-go wasn’t it?” Presley said his eyes growing wide as he realized his mistake. “I shouldn’t have missed it. I don’t know how I missed it. I was thinking of going and I suppose when you want to go you don’t see what you should see.” Or maybe when you’re trying to memorize names and faces and signs and rules not everything can go perfectly on your first day at a new job. Missed sign aside the Twins saw what they hoped to out of Presley who was acquired Saturday for Justin Morneau and Josmil Pinto whose own debut in a Twins uniform was equally encouraging. The newest Twins combined for five hits two runs and two RBI in their own private Opening Day helping the Twins win a road series against a first-place team for the second time in 10 days. “It’s exciting” said Pinto the 24-year-old Venezuelan catcher who doubled in the tying run with his first major league hit then scored the go-ahead run when Doug Bernier followed with a well-placed pop-up for another double. “I think most of all the minor leagues — now I saw it’s the same baseball but different level. You can’t do many mistakes because the other team get you.” That’s true and Sunday it was the Twins making the Rangers pay. A throwing error by Jurickson Profar put Clete Thomas in position for Pinto to drive him in during the three-run fifth. And in the eighth when Ian Kinsler made an ill-advised off-balance throw that pulled Mitch Moreland off first base Presley raced home with an insurance run. That sort of hustle play kept coming up all day. The Twins who basically had three leadoff hitters atop their batting order collected a dozen hits 10 of them singles from eight players and moved runners along on wild pitches errors and a stolen base. The AL West-leading Rangers had seven hits and scored only on a pair of solo home runs by Moreland and pinch hitter A.J. Pierzynski.
Newest Twins stand out in 4-2 win over Rangers
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Sep 2