Ok, focusing on the positives! Morneau has had 4 straight symptom free days!!! He’s doing much better and is going to get to work out WITH the team again when they are in town. It’s not likely that even when he can start playing that he’ll be manning his spot for the first round of the playoffs but… assuming the Twins start playing better, *knock on noggin* he may be able to join them yet for this post season. Mauer also was looking and feeling good during BP so who knows, we may yet see him as a pinch hitter tonight… and the swelling in JJ Hardy’s knee is gone so that is good news too.
Now for the Twins do their part to improve the general mood in Twins Territory.
|Span, CF||Dyson, CF|
|Hudson, O, 2B||Aviles, M, 2B|
|Young, D, DH||Butler, DH|
|Kubel, RF||Ka’aihue, 1B|
|Cuddyer, 1B||Betemit, 3B|
|Valencia, 3B||Gordon, A, LF|
|Repko, LF||Betancourt, Y, SS|
|Butera, C||May, C|
|Casilla, A, SS||Miller, Ja, RF|
|Baker, S, P||Hochevar, P|
Holy CRAP! The Twins remembered how to win a game! But before we get all caught up in patting them on the back, I just have one thing to say as far as a criticism of tonight’s game goes: 10 LOB, 2-9 with RISP. Ugly.
But enough grousing since the goal is to win the game and we actually got more runs than we gave up! woohooo!! It’s really that simple! It doesn’t take much but even that has been alarmingly difficult lately. Scott Baker actually tried a new fad – he was striking out hitters! Yes, he let some get on which just made him always pitch under tension. Joe Nathan will tell you that it sure works for him so as long as the job gets done, I don’t care. Finally, we had a starter go 100 pitches and not have runs in the double digits. Beautiful. Nine K’s didn’t hurt either. For remembering how to be a starting pitcher, we proudly award Scooter his very own bowl of spicy gumbo for kicking it up a notch tonight. Hope it reminds him of home!
And speaking of pitching, our bullpen ROCKED! Matty G., Tito, Cappy! y’all were fantastic and there was actually FLAILING tonight! How pretty. In honor of our southern theme, the whole bullpen can feast on Chicory coffee and beignets. Eat up quick boys because they’re best when they’re hot – just like bullpen pitchers!
But there really was a unanimous star of tonight’s game. Delmon Young has joined a fairly elite group of Twins players. He’s apparently only the 5th Twin all time to hit 20+ Hr, 40+ 2B, & 100+ RBI in a single season. Tonight, he sneaked his 20th HR just barely inside the foul pole to give us the lead. And then we didn’t let them have it back. Delmon even managed to get another RBI later in the game! So yeah, that officially gets him tonight’s BOD. Congrats for yet another one on his significantly large season total.