Morneau Cleans Up
This afternoon’s game wasn’t on television here in Minnesota, so I didn’t get a chance to see it. From the highlights and box score, however, it seems as if Justin Morneau pretty much just dominated the game.
After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Twins quickly feel behind 6-2 when Kevin Slowey was uncharacteristically battered around, allowing six earned runs in his almost four innings of work.
At that point, a bullpen that was absolutely tattooed in Boston held the Tigers scoreless while the Twins chipped away at the deficit and tied the game at 6-6 in the ninth. In the 11th, Morneau hit a laser-beam over the left-field wall at Comerica Field to get Matt Guerrier a win.
Starring offensively for the Twins were Morneau (5-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB), Nick Punto (3-4, 2 R, 1 BB), and Denard Span (4-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB), who handed Todd Jones just his second blown save of the season so far.
Pitching-wise, after Slowey’s bad outing, Breslow, Crain, Reyes, Nathan, and Guerrier combined to hold the Tigers scoreless.
In a series that is actually much more important to the Tigers than it is to the Twins, this was a good foot (besides the shaky Slowey start) to get things started on.
Preview (2nd, 51-41, 2.5 GB CWS): Glen Perkins (5-2, 4.27) vs. Armando Galarraga (7-2, 3.27). Perky has pitched well against Detroit this season, and we have beaten Galarraga twice. After a taxing bullpen afternoon today, a solid start is greatly needed.