Nick Blackburn pitched his little arm off, allowing just 2 runs over 7 innings. He gave up 6 hits but didn’t walk anybody and struck out 5, and 67 of his 88 pitches thrown were strikes. I didn’t watch the game but I’m guessing he could’ve gone out for the 8th and probably would’ve fared well. Juan Rincon and Dennys Reyes combined for a hitless inning (although Rincon walked 2) and Joe Nathan picked up his 13th save in as many tries, although his defense helped him out. Carlos Gomez had a pretty nice running catch to end the game and crashed into the wall at nearly full speed. Gomez had one hit on the night and also scored a run.

 

Delmon Young may have finally turned the corner. After admitting that he’s a notoriously slow starter and that he usually picks up his game around May 15th, he nearly doubled his extra base hits last night (had 3 coming into the game [2 doubles, 1 triple] and picked up 2 doubles) and scored 2 of the team’s 4 runs. He also had a single and his batting average is at .276 for the year.

 

Justin Morneau was the only other Twin with more than 1 hit, and both of his were singles. He didn’t score and didn’t drive anybody in but he did walk once and his batting average is at .307.

 

Adam Everett was hitless (I know, I need to update that counter) but had two sacrifice flies that each scored a run, giving him 6 RBI on the year.

 

Blackburn also got his first ever ML hit, an infield single.

 

Joe Mauer and Mike Lamb were the other Twins to get RBIs, each of them had one apiece and each of them also now have 16 RBI for the season.

 

Jason Kubel was the only pinch-hitter used and he flied out to center in his only at-bat.

 

Matt Tolbert was placed on the DL after he tore a ligament in his thumb. The injury happened on the last play of Thursday’s game when he dove head-first into first base. Maybe Nick Punto can get a clue? 2B Howie Clark got called up in his place and Clark should be available to play tonight. Clark is batting .284 in 116 AB this year for AAA Rochester. He had 7 doubles, 3 triples, a homer, and 9 walks compared to 10 strikeouts. He has 294 career ML at-bats, most of them coming with the Blue Jays in multiple seasons. My guess is that Everett will start at short every game until Punto gets back and Brendan Harris should still be starting at second, but between Clark and Alexi Casilla, the team should be set with middle infielders. Casilla could play short if absolutely necessary and I wouldn’t be surprised if, at some point in the next couple series, Harris or Clark are tried out at third. And technically it wouldn’t be “trying out” Harris at third because he’s played there before, just not for any significant period of time.

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