Kevin Slowey wasn’t awful and frankly, he pitched well enough for the Twins to stay in it. He lasted 5 and 2/3 innings, gave up 5 hits, but 3 of the 5 went for extra bases (two doubles and a homer.) They tallied 3 runs off him but he also struck out 5, including the side in the first inning.
There was a humorous situation in the second inning when a linedrive was hit sharply to Brendan Harris who took his eye off it and let the ball bounce out of his glove and onto the ground, without holding onto it for an extended period of time. Alertly, he threw the ball to second for the force out there but then Adam Everett threw it to first for the second out on the play, because the batter (former Twin Shannon Stewart) gave up on the play and was on his way to the dugout when Everett was in possession of the ball.
Bert Blyleven, as an announcer, sometimes kills me. When Slowey gave up a homer Bert’s reaction was “…not a bad pitch right there, but it’s one that lefties like” … if you throw it where the batter likes it, doesn’t that mean it is a bad pitch? I should enroll in Announcer’s School so I can learn what he really meant.
Jason Kubel, 0 for his last 15 and benched during the second half of the Boston series, pinch-hit for Everett last night and on the first pitch he saw, crushed his 5th homer of the year. I really hope that gets him back into the swing of things and he forces Gardy to play him every day (although I must admit, Craig Monroe has been decent thus far.)
Boof Bonser throws against Toronto’s ace tonight. I predict that Kubel will start and that Alexi Casilla will be a late-inning sub for either Everett or Harris.