It actually looked like we might be able to win it with the score being 4-3 in favor of the Tribe since the 5th inning. They scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th off of Carmen Cali, who left the game with the bases loaded (by a single, a walk, and a hit by pitch). Pat Neshek gave up a single and a sac fly but that was it. The Twins game back with 2 of their own in the 9th as Brian Buscher hit his first home run in the big leagues and Torii Hunter had a sac fly but Justin Morneau couldn’t deliver a hit with 2 outs. The blame certainly isn’t all on Justin though. A fielding error by Jason Bartlett led to an unearned run, although Jason was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Nick Punto was 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts but had a defensive play that most are already considering a play-of-the-year nominee.
Boof Bonser pitched well enough to keep the team in the game, allowing 3 earned runs (total of 4) over 7 innings pitched.
Tonight’s game is an extreme lefthander’s pitching duel with Johan Santana squaring off against C.C. Sabathia.
Some roster news: Tommy Watkins and Dennys Reyes are both on the DL, and Joe Mauer is out but expected to return soon. Glen Perkins got lit up in his most recent rehab start and Chris Heintz is back with the club as a backup catcher.