The Twins lost their 2nd straight, at home, and Matt Garza‘s debut made many people sad. The hitting highlights for the Twins were back-to-back doubles in the 7th from Luis Rodriguez and Jason Barlett.

The final was Toronto – 7, Twins – 1
Garza’s MLB ERA is higher than my age, and is just 3.77 points lower than all other pitchers (Blue Jays included) that pitched in last night’s game. I don’t think he was nervous, though, because his first 3 pitches were strikes, and voila! His first major-league strikeout. After that point, however, it’s quite possible he got a tad cocky. He gave up a single, struck out another guy (looking this time), walked a guy, and gave up a two-run double. I’m sure he hoped he would improve, but the two-run first was just the first in a sequence of bad events for the kid. He ended up throwing 67 pitches in 2 and 2/3 innings, but 42 of them were strikes.
Michael Cuddyer went 1-for-3, which isn’t spectacular, but his hit was a double. That improves him to exactly 50% extra base hits. 49 XBH (16 HR, 29 2B, 4 3B) and 98 total hits. Imagine if he was hitting closer to .300 and he carried that 50% XBH mark with him.

Wille Eyre pitched a great 3 and 1/3 innings tonight, giving up just one hit while walking and striking out one. He allowed the Twins to maybe get back into the game, but that didn’t happen.

Dennys Reyes and Jesse Crain combined to finish out the game with 3 innings, 0 hits, and 2 strikeouts.

I forgot to tape the game, so I can’t comment on whether or not Garza was pitching bad all night or if he just left some balls up in the zone. I’d like to think it was the latter, because all of Toronto’s runs came with 2 outs.

Remember, less than 24 hours until the trivia deadline hits. Get your answers in ASAP or you’ll have to read my report again.

Boston and Chicago both won last night, too. We’re still second in the AL Wild Card, 1.5 games behind the White Sox and .5 game ahead of the Red Sox.

Tonight will be Boof Bonser pitching in the injured Liriano‘s spot. Let’s hope he can give us a decent enough start to keep us in the ballgame.

Also, there was a different Twins blog talked about at the wedding; Bat-Girl writes about the game in a fairly humorous way, and it’s a nice change of pace from other blogs. Check her site out! In the near future I plan on getting all the major Twins blogs onto the links section, that way you can check out what all the other writers think about the Twins.

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