I wanted to see how many T words I could think of while still keeping the title legitimate…I don’t think any more can go in there. Beyond middle school English, the Twins really beat up on the Tigers, winning an 11-1 thriller.
The team hit for the cycle with Adam Everett, Justin Morneau, and Michael Cuddyer (twice) getting doubles, Jason Kubel getting a triple (it bounced awkwardly in the OF) and Brendan Harris with his second homer of the year. The team had 16 hits total so many more players got singles. Morneau collected 3 hits to go with his 2 runs scored and 2 RBI; Kubel also got 3 hits but never scored. He did get a garbage time RBI in the 8th when his sharply-hit groundball caromed off the first baseman’s glove and Cuddyer hustled all the way from second to score. It’s really great to see Cuddyer perform well so close after his injury. We really need his bat to stay competitive. Joe Mauer got 2 hits as well and also walked twice, allowing him to score 2 runs and drive in 2.
Carlos Gomez reached base all 3 times he was up with a single, hit batter, and a rare walk. He stole two bases and scored 2 runs, although he should’ve scored a third time too. While he was sliding head-first into second on a steal attempt, the ball hit him in the helmet and flew into the Twins’ bullpen. He laid basically motionless for quite some time but after a few minutes was able to get up and walk over to the cart to be carried off the field. Nick Punto came in as a replacement and ended up scoring. Team doctors checked out Gomez out afterwards and deemed him OK, although initial reports said he might have a concussion. It’s possibly we’ll see Craig Monroe play center for a few days to make sure Gomez gets proper rest. Besides, we’re playing Monroe’s old team. Isn’t it an unwritten rule that whenever you play your old team, you always do good? Scotty Ullger might have to test out that theory. I say Ullger instead of Gardy because unfortunately, Ron’s brother passed away yesterday from a sudden heart attack. Gardenhire will miss the Detroit series but could be back as soon as Tuesday. Truthfully, he should take however much time he needs because family always comes first. RIP Mike Gardenhire.
Livan Hernandez pitched awesome, getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second that ended with a familiar Jacque Jones double play. Hernandez gave up just 1 run in 7 innings, changed speeds enough to get 4 strikeouts and lower his season ERA to 4.43. Matt Guerrier and Juan Rincon each pitched hitless innings and both struck out 2.
Something you don’t see everyday: a 1-pitch strikeout. After an injury to a Tigers reliever, and a 10 minute delay to let the new pitcher warm up, he needed just one hanging curve ball to strike out Mike Lamb.
I’m in the 10th row right behind the Twins bullpen tonight, and I’ll (hopefully) be wearing a Kubel jersey. Watch for me!