Scott Baker pitched a gem on Saturday by going 8 and 1/3 innings and allowing just 2 runs, both solo homers, with one of those coming in the 9th inning. He struck out 5 and walked none. Joe Nathan came in and recorded the final 2 outs, but did not get a save. 

Torii Hunter got us the lead in the second with a 2-run homer and we would never lose the lead. 

On Sunday things were going pretty good until Ramon Ortiz gave up a 3-run homer in the 5th. Ortiz went 4 and 1/3 innings and gave up 5 runs, all earned. He also gave up 10 hits in that span. That only made the score 5-5, though; Dennys Reyes was credited with the loss. He gave up a run on 2 hits while recording just an out. His ERA this season is now 6.57. We might be better off putting him in the rotation: In 2004 with the KC Royals, Denny started 12 games (with a total of 40) and posted a 4.75 ERA in 108 innings. Pat Neshek and Matt Guerrier pitched a combined 3 and 1/3 hitless innings, with Pat striking out 2 and Matt striking out 1. Also, after typing most of this, I’ve come across this little article in the Pioneer Press. Turns out that Reyes has had shoulder soreness since April, but in line with the Twins’ style, just told Gardy yesterday after he got the loss. It’s unknown how long he’ll be out for, and he has to be out until it heals, because he can’t throw his “best pitch” (according to him it’s his slider) with the pain. 

Michael Cuddyer started us off on the right foot with a 2-run homer to left (that was rightly called by Dick Bremer) and that started a 4-run 3rd inning for us. When it was tied 5-5 we had a chance to score when Luis Rodriguez got a leadoff double, but after Luis Castillo bunted him to third, Nick Punto and Cuddyer failed to do anything. I recently finished the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis and it talks about the Oakland Athletics’ style of play. Basically, they don’t do any sacrifices because it gives the other team an out. Their opinion is that a runner on second will probably score on a ball out of the infield, so why waste an out advancing them to third? I agree with that concept during that play in yesterday’s game. Castillo is obviously a good leadoff man, so wasting his at bat when a speedy Rodriguez was on second was a bad decision. But, I guess the A’s can have Moneyball and the Twins will try their luck with small ball. 

Also, if you get a minute, check out this article previewing our series coming up against the Rangers. If you don’t read it, don’t be surprised by some lineup changes. 

Carlos Silva takes the mound tonight in Texas. The game starts at 7:05.