That was my second choice as a title. I wanted to avoid any infringement possibilities by creating my own, less-appealing heading. But as the title says, the team had multiple 5-run leads and blew them both. All 11 of Detroit’s runs were scored between the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings.
Nick Blackburn was cruising along, allowing 5 hits and no runs through 5 and 2/3 innings. Then Gary Sheffield reached on an infield single, and it was all downhill from there. He ended up getting pulled before the inning was over, allowing a total of 8 hits and 4 runs. Matt Guerrier, arguably our best reliever from last season, rolled over and let the Tigers run wild against him. He lasted an inning and a third, allowing 5 hits and 5 runs (4 earned). Although, Pat Neshek inherited two of Guerrier’s runners and they scored on Ivan Rodriguez‘s triple (one of two triples given up by ‘Shek in the game.)
The lineup obviously did fairly well, scoring 9 runs. But of the team’s 13 hits, 11 were singles. Delmon Young and Adam Everett each had a two-bagger. In fact, Young had 3 hits and scored 3 times, plus he drove in 2. Jason Kubel and Brendan Harris were the other Twins to have 2 RBI, although both of them only scored once. Joe Mauer was hitless but drew 3 walks and scored on two of them. Bert gave his “a lead off walk always comes around to score” spiel when Mauer led off the 6th with a walk and sure enough, he later came in to score.
Other notables: Everett had his third error of the season, this one coming on a short throw to Justin Morneau who couldn’t field it cleanly, allowing the runner to reach safely. Denard Span, hitting in the second spot, threw out Edgar Renteria at second base.
Young and Carlos Gomez each had a stolen base. It was Young’s 3rd and Gomez’s 6th.
A note from a recent Pioneer Press column: “Alexi Casilla” was benched recently in AAA Rochester for not hustling against Norfolk.” This kid, much like Matt Garza, needs an attitude check.
In short, I’m really scared that the game was the spark necessary for the Tigers to start performing like they should with the lineup they have. It’s key for Scott Baker to silence them again and make sure to pick his spots so Detroit doesn’t smash the ball all over the field like they did last night. The game starts at 6:10 again.
Oh, and the Minnesota Wild won their second straight game, in overtime again, 3-2 over the Avalanche. I’m not a huge hockey fan so I didn’t watch it, but it’s always nice when a hometown team gets a win in a playoff series (even the Wolves!)