A highly unlikely, extremely unthinkable bases-loaded walk of none other than Torii Hunter in the bottom of the 9th gave the Twins their first lead of the game, and the win and the sweep. It’s especially fun because Hunter has just 11 walks this year; 4 of them intentional. I think we all know he’ll swing at anything within 2 feet of the plate, yet didn’t swing once in his 9th-inning at bat. 

Scott Baker got shelled, which wasn’t totally unexpected. He has flashes of brilliance; like his 8 and 1/3 inning, 2-run performance earlier this year. But his 6.37 ERA in 16 starts in the majors last year, in my opinion, shows that he isn’t ready to be a full-time starter in the bigs. He allowed 10 hits in just 3 innings of work, giving up 6 runs. He also walked a guy and struck out 3. Lucky for him, the White Sox pitchers combined for 8 walks and 7 runs on only 7 hits. Also on his side was our bullpen. Jason Miller, Matt Guerrier, Pat Neshek, and Joe Nathan combined for 6 innings of no-hit ball. Neshek needed only 9 pitches to retire the side in his inning, while Nathan threw just 5 in the top of the 9th. 

In the third inning, down 6-1, our bats came alive when Justin Morneau hit a sac fly with the bases loaded and Hunter followed him with a double in the left field corner to score both runners. Jeff Cirillo and Chris Heintz each had an RBI single in the 6th when they tied it up. 

The Joe Mauer injury saga continues a little longer, with the possibility of him returning in tomorrow’s game ruled out completely. Kelly Thesier wrote more on the subject, but the jist of the article is that his leg is still sore and obviously we don’t want to rush him back. It’s not like Mike Redmond has been doing so incredibly bad as a replacement. 

Luis Castillo did not play yesterday, his legs are a little sore. Nick Punto filled in nicely, going 0-for-2 with 3 walks. Nobody can turn the double-play ball as quick as Luis can, but Punto is the top defensive infielder we have on our ML roster, so I’m comfortable seeing him at second over Luis Rodriguez

In order to make room for Kevin Slowey, Jesse Crain was placed on the 60-day DL. Also, reliever Julio DePaula was demoted back to Rochester. 

Again, no game today as the team travels to Oakland for a 3-game series and a 6-game West Coast trip overall. I’ll do some highlights of the Fort Myers Miracle, the High-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.