Minnesota Twins Excel Behind the Bat of Josh Willingham

Kaleb SmithCorrespondent IMay 30, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 29: The Minnesota Twins celebrate a three run home run by Josh Willingham #16 to walk off in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics on May 29, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Athletics 3-4 in a walk-off. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Twins struggled all game to gain offensive ground. With plenty of stranded runners, Minnesota had one final opportunity in the bottom of the ninth. It was like a dream that many of us all have had, but would the Twins capitalize on the opportunity or blunder and notch another in the loss column?

With Jamey Carroll and Joe Mauer reaching, the duty had been left to the bat of Josh Willingham. Twins' fans were merely hoping to break the goose egg, though with a crack of the bat much more had been shattered.  Willingham crushed the pitch directly to left-center for a walk-off three run home run. Josh Willingham added his ninth home run of the season.

The Twins have taken both games against the Oakland Athletics in the three-game series. Minnesota certainly is not shy to a winning streak, though minor this season, but are definitely aware of losing. Will this be the point that pushes the Twins back on track?

The issue Minnesota faces consists of pitching.  Where will the consistency of starting and bullpen pitching come from?  

Pavano has not been as sharp as the previous seasons, Jason Marquis started 2-0, then crashed in his next four starts. The Twins have a decently strong offense led by Josh Willingham; yes, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have a ways to go before they can be considered the leaders.

Can the Twins survive without a strong pitching core and turn the season around?  Time will only tell for the last place team.

Currently the Twins are up in the third game in the Oakland Athletic series!