Joe Mauer had three hits, two RBI, three runs scored, and hit his 8th homer of the year in a very good night at the plate for him. Plus, he scored the game-winning run on a sac fly. That has to be pretty exciting, right?

 

Brian Buscher had pinch-hit for Brendan Harris earlier in the game and with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, hit a little bloop into left field. And frankly he didn’t hit it very far, and had I seen it live, I can guarantee I would’ve been freaking out, thinking Mauer wasn’t going to be able to score. As Patrick Reusse described it, the left fielder “made a throw that would’ve embarrassed Jacque Jones” and Mauer was able to easily slide in for the score.

 

Scott Baker allowed eight hits, four runs, two walks and just one strikeout in 5 and 1/3 innings of work. Everything blew up in the 6th inning as Jesse Crain was eventually brought in, but was only able to record an out, prompting Craig Breslow. Breslow allowed Crain’s two runners to score, which is unfortunate for Crain’s numbers, but after that Breslow did a very nice job. He lasted 2 and 1/3 innings, allowed just one hit, and struck out two.

 

Dennys Reyes breezed through the 9th on just twelve pitches, picking up a strikeout en route to his third win on the year.

 

Pinch-hitting for the Twins was crucial last night with Jason Kubel getting a two-out RBI single, Mike Lamb walked, and Buscher’s key sac fly.

 

The Twins go for a sweep today at 1:10 with Glen Perkins on the hill.

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