Kevin Slowey gave us 6 innings, 3 runs (only 2 earned), no walks, one strikeout, and 2 homers for his second Major League win. Both of the homers were solo, thankfully. Kevin only threw 79 pitches, but 52 of them were for strikes. He gave up a few singles in his final inning, but if Jason Bartlett doesn’t make a throwing error, he would’ve escaped the inning with 1 less (unearned) run on the board and 2 less singles.

Luckily the offense was in full swing, scoring 5 runs in the 4th on two walks, a double, a stolen base, a throwing error by the catcher allowing the runner to go from 3rd to home, and then 4 singles. Ironically, Joe Mauer flew out to begin the inning and grounded out to end the inning. He wound up going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Luis Castillo collected 3 hits in 5 at bats, and also drove in 2 runs. He would’ve had a third if Nick Punto didn’t get thrown out at home. But Punto and Bartlett both had 2 hits and a run scored.

Michael Cuddyer was only 1-for-4 at the plate, but got another outfield assist, nabbing a runner at second base this time. I believe that’s his 14th outfield assist and he leads the Majors in that category for right fielders. I don’t know why runners keep trying to stretch singles into doubles and whatnot. Maybe it’s the thought of them not getting thrown out by the best arm in right field.

The game starts at 7:10 tonight and we’ll have Carlos Silva on the mound.

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