I apologize for no post yesterday, a storm came through and internet wasn’t restored until about 4 PM and I figured I’d just wait until last night’s game was over to make a post. Neither game was pretty. Scott Baker was pitching alright until he gave up a grand slam to Maicer Izturis to make the score 6-1. A handful of relievers came in after that and didn’t do a good job with the final being 10-1. Last night’s game showed some promise with Carlos Silva throwing 7 shutout innings, but during the 7th he got a cramp in his hamstring and was taken out. Pat Neshek came in, no doubt unaware of the Twins’ 48-2 record when leading after 7 innings, and promptly gave up 3 runs. 2 of them came from a Maicer Izturis home run. By the sound of it, he seems like a power hitter. He’s got 11 career home runs, 2 in as many days. Only 2 of those runs were earned due to an Alexi Casilla error and a Joe Mauer throwing error. Dennys Reyes threw 4 pitches and walked a guy and was taken out for Matt Guerrier. Guerrier actually gave up the 4th run but since the runner got on base from Pat, it was charged to Pat. The sad part is Silva gave up 2 hits in 7 innings, and the Indians lost again. Both them and Detroit are doing a great job of letting us stay around in this race. Most of the games in September are against Central Division teams; if the Twins get hot (which, by the looks of it now, is really unlikely) at the start of the month, they might have a chance at the playoffs.
Today’s game starts at 2:35 and Boof Bonser is pitching for us. To be honest, this is the first game in awhile that I’m not excited about. We’re facing Jered Weaver, who was great last year and in the two games he’s pitched against us this year he’s 1-0 with only 3 runs allowed in 14 innings pitched. The Twins did win the second game on a Joe Mauer 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th. That was July 21st and that was the last time Mauer hit a home run. His last home run before that? June 29th. Not that Justin Morneau is on a homer hitting streak. His last one was July 23rd against Toronto when he hit 2.
Jason Kubel strained an oblique muscle in yesterday’s game but it is unknown how long he’ll be out for.