Kevin Slowey was nothing short of brilliant, allowing just 6 hits in a complete-game shutout of one of the top offenses in the league. It took him 102 pitches to go the distance, which included 5 strikeouts compared to just 1 walk. In fact, all 6 of the hits he allowed were singles and he was aided by 1 double play.
Offensively, things got started in the 3rd inning with Denard Span‘s first career ML homer, coming with Nick Punto on base. It was an absolute bomb that was matched just a few batters later, when Justin Morneau drove a pitch to straightaway center field, with Alexi Casilla on base. Just like that the lineup gave Slowey a 4-0 lead. That would be Span’s only hit, but Morneau would add an RBI with a single later on in the game. He finished 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, a run scored, and a walk.
Carlos Gomez, sitting out the last few games due to a back injury, felt good enough to play and made a pinch-hit appearance in the 8th. He singled and would later score, and played CF for the last half-inning.
Mike Redmond had two singles and is now a career .500 hitter against Mark Buehrle, at 14-for-28. That was why he was put in as the DH, as Joe Mauer caught the game (but was hitless in 4 at-bats).
There’s still no news on Francisco Liriano, and frankly I think this is turning into quite a debacle. The clear replacee would be Livan Hernandez, but the team feels his “veteran presence” adds to the team. And they might have a point, but…I just think it’s time to see what Liriano can do.
Glen Perkins pitches tonight at 7:10.