"Liam got crossed up," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Herrmann put a sign down and Liam threw the other sign. I think it was an Australian thing."
That was about the only lapse of synergy between the battery during Hendriks' first career big league victory. The native of Perth, Australia, pitching to his former teammate at Double-A New Britain and roommate in Spring Training, earned his first win in 18 starts after tossing six strong innings against the Tribe.
"It's nice to get the young man a win," Gardenhire said. "He and [Herrmann] got together and did a nice job and put us in a position to win a game, and fortunately for us, we held on there."
It was the first career start behind the plate for Herrmann, whom the Twins promoted from New Britain last Friday.
"I've thrown to him in the Minor Leagues countless times," said Hendriks, who became the 16th player from Australia to earn a Major League win. "It was great for me, and I'm sure it was great for him in his first game. He now has a [perfect record] while catching, so it's a pretty big deal, and I'm pretty excited."
Herrmann notched his first big league RBI in Wednesday's triumph, but he is still seeking his first hit. That played into Gardenhire's decision to start him at designated hitter in Thursday's matinee at Progressive Field.
"We're going to get him a hit," Gardenhire said. "He has really good at-bats."