Livan Hernandez has saved his spot in the rotation, at least for now. His job as the Twins’ “innings eater” is still in tact, and I have reason to believe he might return to his old self.
And by old self, I mean the same Livan that was able to string together four Quality Starts in early May. Last night was the first start all season where he’s allowed less hits (5) than innings pitched (7). With 16 total starts on the season, that’s pretty remarkable.
The only offense in the game was two hits with two outs in the 6th inning. Joe Mauer got a single up the middle and Justin Morneau crushed the next pitch into the upper deck, giving the team a 2-1 lead. The Twins had 5 hits total, including a double by Mauer, with two walks.
Joe Nathan picked up his 18th save in 20 changes with a hitless ninth inning.
Much was made about Delmon Young facing bro Dmitri for the first time in a regular season game in the pros. Combined they were 0-for-6 with a strikeout.
Last time Cristian Guzman played in the Dome, he went 8-for-14 in a 3-game series against the Twins. He only got one hit in last night’s game, although it was an RBI hit. He needs to stay contained for the remainder of the series.
As much as I hate basketball, Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship last night, absolutely thrashing the Lakers by a score of 131-92. It’s nice to see him finally get a ring, even though I was cheering for the Lakers.