So we’re still 1 game back in the division. Carlos Silva had a great first inning, retiring all 3 batters with just 7 pitches. The second was also good, as he had a 1-run lead and didn’t give up a hit. However, the next two innings were very poor.

Silva gave up a solo homer in the third to make it 1-1, no big deal. In the 4th, though, he gave up another solo homer. He then gave up a double, another double, a single, and another single, along with a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-1 in favor of the Royals.

Matt Guerrier came on in relief and gave up a run in 2 innings of work.

Torii Hunter left late in the game after he fouled a pitch off of his foot. Jason Tyner came in to replace him.

Michael Cuddyer hit a nice solo homer in the bottom of the 9th, but the Twins couldn’t add any more.

Overall, the Twins made some baserunning blunders that might have cost them. On one play (a pitch in the dirt that stayed in front of the catcher), Luis Rodriguez got thrown out at second when he could have easily stayed at first and kept the inning alive. In the 9th, Jason Kubel pinch-hit for Josh Rabe. Kubel hit a grounder to third, and it was dropped for a little bit, but Kubel was thrown out by a step or so at first. A faster runner (or someone who can plain run, for that matter) had a legitimate shot at beating it out.
Brad “he still has an arm?” Radke is pitching for the Twins tonight. In the wildest of scenarios, he will give us 5 or 6 innings of 5- or 6-hit ball, and two or three runs. If he does that, and reports no pain in his shoulder, in my mind he’s the third starter in the playoffs. He’s proven that he wants to pitch, and he did pitch effectively in August. In fact, he’s had a quality start in 8 of his last 12 (including his 2 inning stint when he was hurt).