Boesch hopes to build on three-hit game

Boesch hopes to build on three-hit game

DETROIT -- It was only one game. But for Brennan Boesch, who hadn't had a multihit game or a home run since June 13 -- and had only one extra-base hit since -- it was big.

More than anything, his three-hit game on Tuesday against Nick Blackburn and the Twins' bullpen was a mindset. Yes, he was facing a starting pitcher whose ERA on the year rose to 8.10, but he also was getting himself out against some pitchers last week.

"I definitely was consciously trying to get a good pitch," Boesch said Tuesday night. "I got those pinch-hit [at-bats Monday], but didn't start. I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to give any at-bats away, or at least try not to give any at-bats away, and try to make sure that every at-bat I'm fighting and doing everything I can to try to hit the ball."

Those pitches came in different counts on Tuesday. His two-run single in the second inning came on a 2-0 fastball after Boesch shrugged at a curveball in the dirt and a fastball inside. His fourth-inning home run, by contrast, was a first-pitch fastball.

Boesch hit the first strike he saw in all four at-bats. His sixth-inning single was a 2-0 slider from Jeff Gray. He hit another slider, this one on a 1-0 count after a first-pitch fastball inside, and nearly homered in the ninth inning off Glen Perkins.

When asked if it was an encouraging day, he seemed to agree.

"Anytime you get three hits and a home run, it's momentum to build," he said. "I just missed hitting that last one out, too. [You] can't really enjoy it for too long, but you can bring it into the next day and use it as momentum to try to get some consistency and build off a day like that."