Scott Baker pitched 6 innings and allowed 5 hits, but only 2 runs. He walked a batter and struck out 3, and possibly most importantly, he didn’t give up any homers. He’s given up 8 in only 58 innings pitched. He’s now 4-3 on the year with a 5.43 ERA.

 

The Twins didn’t hit any homers, but they had doubles by Nick Punto, Michael Cuddyer, and newly-promoted Garrett Jones. Cuddyer also had a triple and a single, going 4-for-4 total. Jones also had a single to go 2-for-4 on the night.

 

Joe Mauer was 0-for-2 but had 2 runs scored via his 2 walks.

 

The Twins really messed up on the base paths when Torii Hunter hit an RBI single to score Cuddyer, but Justin Morneau tried to advance to third and was hung out to dry. Torii overestimated Justin’s speed and tried to advance to second during the rundown, but was thrown out alertly by the shortstop.

 

General Manager Terry Ryan has said that a trade to bring a decent bat into Minnesota isn’t ruled out, although he also says that he will only make a deal “if it makes sense”. He’s reluctant to give up pitching prospects, but I think we all kind of knew that by the hoard we have in the minors.

 

Speaking of pitching prospects in the minors, Alexander Smit was waived from the 40-man roster yesterday and quickly claimed by Ryan’s buddy, Cincinnati Reds’ GM Wayne Krivsky. Smit was having a rough year at AA Fort Myers, sporting a 1-4 record with a 5.86 ERA in 18 total games, 8 of them starts. He had a great year last year in A ball, going 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 108 and 1/3 innings pitched. Terry said the move to drop him from the 40 was to wake him up, but the Twins were prepared for him to be claimed by somebody else.

 

The game tonight starts at 7:10 and we have Johan Santana on the mound, trying for his 11th win. As much as it seemed like he was lacking in the W column, heading into tonight’s game he’s only 2 behind the AL leader. A lot of people, earlier in the season, were mentioning that his lack of wins would hurt him if he has the other stats to contend for a Cy Young, but his second-half stats are unbelievable and I know he can make up those couple of wins pretty easily.

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