Matt Guerrier pitched pretty good for a normal reliever, throwing 4 innings (expected) and he kept us in the game by giving up 3 runs. No walks and 3 strikeouts to boot. We had to use 5 bullpen pitchers after him, but one of them was Joe Nathan for his second consecutive save.

Another good thing, the White Sox lost last night.

The Twins were losing going into the bottom of the 8th, but that was our comeback inning. Nick Punto lead off with a single, and advanced to second on a wild pitch to Joe Mauer. Mauer then walked for the second time in the game. Michael Cuddyer got a ground-rule double to score Punto, 5-4. Justin Morneau followed through with an MVP-like at-bat, hitting a near-homerun to left. It bounced off the wall for a two-run double, 6-5. Torii Hunter hacked at the first pitch he saw, from a new pitcher, and grounded out. Morneau advanced on the play, though, and that was important. With two outs, and 2 strikes, Jason Tyner swung a tad too far, and missed, strike 3. The ball careened past the catcher. Tyner alertly ran to first, and Morneau ran home without a throw.

Everybody in the lineup got a hit except Mauer, who was 0-for-2 with 2 walks. Everybody in the lineup scored a run except for Luis Castillo and Jason Bartlett.

Good news on the Brad Radke situation: he played catch yesterday, and says “It’s a great step,…I don’t think it could go any better right now.” He’ll play catch again today, and if that goes well he could do a bullpen session this weekend. The best possibility is that he starts a farewell game against Kansas City, during a 4-game series against the Royals at home.

Today the Twins have rookie Francisco Liriano, but it’s a 12:10 start. By the time you read this, you’ll probably know the outcome of the game already. I’ll see if any teachers will check mlb.com for a scoring update 🙂

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