A New Hero Every Day
A few weeks ago, I discovered how to insert pictures into this blog. Each game-day entry since that point, I put a picture of my MVP of each game in each entry. Remarkably, I have featured a new hero every single day!
Today, Justin Morneau provided the dramatics in the 4-3 Twins victory. After the Padres jumped out to another early lead, this time 3-0 against Scott Baker, Morneau blasted a shot to straight-away centerfield (which, in the vast PETCO Park is quite a feat) in the fourth inning for a two-run homer. Then, the very next inning, Morneau singled in Baker (another unlikely hero…he had just gotten his first major league hit!) to tie the score. Finally, Buscher singled home Kubel in the sixth inning to give the Twins a lead that would hold up the rest of the way.
As if the game needed any more heroes, just look at the pitching portion of the box score: Baker turned in a quality start (6 IP, 3 ER), while Crain, Reyes, Breslow, and Guerrier all registered holds. The Nathanator struck out two guys in the ninth for his 21st save.
Three series sweeps in a row?! What is going on here! Will the Twins ever lose again?! More and more, this season is starting to resemble the remarkable 2006 campaign, right down to the long winning streak in the summer months.
Also, this “hero of the day” business is very reminiscent of the 2002-2004 Twins teams, where each win featured an unlikely “power source”. In reality, though, that is EXACTLY how teams need to play…Mauer, Morneau, or Cuddyer cannot carry the team every night. The “little guys” need to step up from time to time.
Preview (43-36, 2nd, 0.5 GB CWS): Nick Blackburn (6-4, 3.68) vs. Seth McClung (5-3, 3.79). Who will be the hero tomorrow night?!