Carlos Silva has had 3 great starts in a row, including last night. 7 innings, 5 hits, only 1 run, a walk and 2 strikeouts. His last three starts combined: 2 wins, 0 losses, 20 IP, 11 hits, 2 runs, 1 homerun, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. If he keeps pitching like this for the rest of the season (he’s had bad spurts of good/bad outings), I’ll retract this statement.

Mike Redmond was the biggest offensive star in the game, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs and a walk. Torii Hunter had a solo homerun, his 26th, for the Twins’ other run. If he continues on a semi-hot streak, there’s a chance he could hit 30 homeruns this season. Nobody has really been talking about it, but he needs 4 more homeruns in 14 games. A large task, but very possible.

Luis Castillo also went 3-for-5, and his average is now up to .294. With a couple more 2-3 hit games he could finally get to the .300 mark, something I feel is important for a leadoff hitter.

Michael Cuddyer rounds out the 3 players to get 3 hits for the Twins. All of his hits were singles. In fact, 12 of the Twins’ 14 hits were singles. Add that to Justin Morneau‘s 0-for-5 night and the Twins stranded 10 guys on base. That gives them 37 men left on base so far in this series. That’s a very large number, when you want as small a number as possible. The wins should have been blowouts, but they weren’t. They will need to find ways to get more guys in come playoff time.

You may have heard about Twins’ rookies dressing up in the clubhouse before their first game against the Indians. Matt Garza was a mermaid, Boof Bonser was wearing an afro, sunglasses, and a vest, and Pat Neshek was a witch, among others. If you want to watch the video in a browser, you can click here. If you want to download the video, you can click here.
In other news, Alfonso Soriano stole a base yesterday. Not just any base, though; it was his 40th stolen base of the season. Pretty good number, but it’s been done before, right? Well, he also has 45 homeruns this season. That makes him just the 4th person in MLB history to have 40 homeruns and 40 stolen bases in the same season. He joins Jose Conseco (1988; 42HR, 40SB), Barry Bonds (1996; 42HR, 40SB), and Alex Rodriguez (1998; 42HR, 46SB). The Nationals have nothing to play for, and it’s speculated that he might try for 50-50.

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