Saturday’s game:

I don’t know what was more exciting in Saturday’s game, Johan Santana‘s 12 strikeouts in 7 innings, including 5 and 2/3 innings of hitless baseball or Jason Tyner‘s first Major League home run.

 

It came down to the wire though when Santana gave up a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 2. Torii Hunter got his only hit of the series in the top of the 9th, a double. He would score on a ground ball hit to the 2B because his throw was high and the catcher dropped it out of his glove.

 

 

Sunday’s game:

Sunday’s game came from the same mold as Saturday’s with the final score being 4-1, but only after the Twins scored 3 in the top of the 8th and a Lew Ford solo homer in the top of the 9th. In fact, the rally in the 8th started when Mike Redmond came in to pinch-hit for Nick Punto. Redmond hit a fly ball to right field, but a mixture of wind and the fielder’s bad judgement allowed the ball to land right near the base of the fence for a double. It would score one and then Joe Mauer, after striking out 3 times in 3 at-bats, got to second via a fielding and then throwing error, allowing Redmond to score. Justin Morneau hit a double to drive in Mauer and the Twins had their first lead of the game.

 

Matt Garza pitched extremely well but unfortunately was not the pitcher of record. He’s 1-2 on the season but has an ERA of 1.37. He went only 6 innings but it’s because he threw a lot of pitches…to the career-high 11 batters he struck out. He allowed 5 hits and walked 3 but did a very good job. Dennys Reyes also did a good job, lasting 1 and 1/3 innings and giving up just a hit. He also struck out 1. Denny has actually been pitching incredibly good, considering his terrible start. Since he came back from the disabled list he’s pitched 13 innings and given up only 2 earned runs and 9 strikeouts. Compare that to pre-injury when he pitched 12 and 1/3 innings but gave up 9 earned runs with 10 strikeouts and 9 walks. His ERA, after being 15.00 on April 15th (highest of the season) it was down to 3.38 on July 22nd.

 

 

Trade rumors:

We can no longer acquire 3B/2B/DH Ty Wigginton (.275/16 HR/49 RBI this season) as he was traded for a reliever named Dan Wheeler who is nearly a spitting image of Juan Rincon, statistically speaking. Both have had ERAs under 3.00 the past 2 seasons but both also have ERAs over 5.00 this season. I think if Terry Ryan would’ve pursued Ty, the Devil Rays would have accepted Rincon for him.

 

According to nj.com, Luis Castillo could be a NY Met real soon. The article explains that the Mets are really interested (they were before Castillo came to Minnesota) and it’s possible that Juan Rincon would be added to our side, as well as a AA or AAA pitching prospect such as Nick Blackburn or Jeff Manship for a CF prospect the Mets have, such as Lastings Milledge or Carlos Gomez.

 

The deadline is tomorrow at 4 PM eastern, and it will definitely be exciting. The Twins are at home now to face the Royals. The game starts at 7:10.

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