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Updated: May 21st, 2010 8:04pm
Twins open flood gates in wild first inning

Twins open flood gates in wild first inning

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins had gone nearly two weeks since their record-setting stretch of scoring at least two runs in the first inning of six consecutive games.

Tonight, the flood gates opened once again, and Brewers starting pitcher David Bush experienced what may have been the most frustrating inning of his life.

Things began to go south for Bush when he loaded the bases with nobody out; Denard Span and Orlando Hudson both singled, and Joe Mauer drew a walk.

After Justin Morneau popped out to shallow centerfield, Bush painted a 3-2 fastball over the outer half of the plate to Michael Cuddyer, but home plate Ed Rapuano called the pitch a ball. The base on balls allowed Span to score from third, and Bush voiced his intense displeasure to Rapuano, who stormed out to the mound to escalate the verbal confrontation.

Lip readers likely found the exchange to be quite entertaining.

Bush's teammates and Brewers manager Ken Macha rushed over to calm the situation, but the 30-year-old right-hander was beyond flustered.

The next batter, Jason Kubel, ripped a base hit up the middle to score two. Then Bush tripped on his ensuing delivery to Delmon Young, resulting in a balk. Young then dinked a soft single to right field to score another.

After an RBI single by Trevor Plouffe -- his first Major League hit and RBI -- and an RBI double by Nick Punto, Span hit a groundball to first baseman Prince Fielder, who made an errant throw home that allowed Plouffe to slide in safely for the Twins' seventh and final run of the inning.

Bush was pulled from the game for RHP Jeff Suppan, and he walked to the dugout with a dazed and astonished look on his face.

The final line -- 1/3 of an inning, seven earned runs, six hits, and two walks.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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