Carlos Silva gave up 5 hits through 7 innings, but only 1 run; a solo homer to David Ortiz in the 6th.

The real story was the Twins not getting any hits against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. They got 3 against him, 2 singles and a double, but they were scattered. Joe Mauer hit a double with 2 outs in the 8th and I was optimistic that Torii Hunter, who was 2-for-2 coming into the at bat, would get a hit and score Joe. However, Torii reverted to his old ways and swung at the first pitch he saw from a new pitcher and popped out to end the threat.

Another thing that confuses me and makes me mad is that Pat Neshek has been pitching extremely well as of late, but for some reason Gardenhire will only use him for an inning. Pat threw 15 pitches last night, 10 of them for strikes, and struck out 2 batters (facing Boston’s 2-3-4 hitters, no less). Juan Rincon, who supposedly has a sore elbow, came in for the 9th instead of Pat.

Tonight (at 6:10 instead of 7:10 or in the afternoon) we’ve got Johan Santana against Julian Tavarez, who sports a 7.58 ERA coming into the game. We expect Johan to continue to have good starts down the stretch, but the Twins can’t waste early gems by the unexpected like Silva and Ramon Ortiz.

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