I honestly don’t think I can type any amount of words that could accurately explain the frustration that I’m sure a lot of Twins fans share right now. Johan Santana went 7 innings, allowed 3 runs (only 2 earned), walked none and struck out 5, but he received his 6th loss of the season. Why? The Twins couldn’t buy a hit against Levale Speigner, who sports a very impressive 7.79 ERA this season (that’s of course reduced by about 2 points after he pitched against us). Wait, it gets better. This was his 5th start this season and all of them have come in his past 5 appearances. In start 1 he lasted 4 innings and gave up 8 hits and 4 runs. Start 2 saw 5 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings. In starts 2 and 3 combined he went 7 and 1/3 innings, while giving up 15 hits and 14 runs. But last night, his line was 6 innings, 2 hits, 1 run. I hate to ramble on about how bad this pitcher was prior to last night’s start, but when our lineup boasts the reigning MVP and batting champ, and we throw out the reigning Cy Young winner, and it’s against this Speigner guy, you’d think that 99 times out of 100 we’d win. Maybe that is the case, but unfortunately for us that 1 loss was last night. And it isn’t just Santana’s starts. It’s times like when Carlos Silva throws a complete game and gives up only 1 run and gets the loss that really hurt the team. Generally, with Silva, it’s because in his next outing he’ll give up 7 runs in just 3 innings, so his “gems” need to be taken advantage of, and this team certainly has not done that so far this season.

But enough of that, our only offense last night was a Justin Morneau solo homer that gave Santana a lead in the 2nd. He proceeded to give up a 3-run bomb in the next half inning.

Jason Kubel left the game after just 1 at bat due to a sprained knee. He’s listed as day-to-day.

The Twins look to Boof Bonser to help stop this losing streak when he pitches at 1:10 PM central time today. Look for a recap, a New Britain Rock Cats season scoop, and more information on the draft, all later tonight.

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