Lefty Letdown (Including Our Own)
Despite jumping out to an early 5-1 thanks to RBI hits from Morneau, Mauer, Young, and Span, the Twins could not hold the lead as the Toronto Blue Jays stormed back with three runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to take a lead they would hold for good.
Offensively, the Twins’ bats were completely shut down from the fifth inning on by Toronto’s nearly all-lefty bullpen. Of course, a 5-1 lead should hold up, but Perkins (5 IP, 4 ER) struggled to get through his five innings of work and Boof Bonser (1 IP, 2 ER) took the loss by allowing a deep home run to Lyle Overbay.
-On any given night, the Twins can be absolutely stymied by left-handed pitching. I don’t know why…it just happens. Also, it seems as if more and more lefties are pitching in baseball today, as almost every series for every team will feature at least one southpaw. Are they really that difficult to hit?!
-For the past decade, the Twins have made the postseason by winning the close games. This has not been happening the last few weeks, and the team is really morose because of it, as nothing hurts more (not even a blowout, which one can put behind himself easier) than a loss that should have been a win. Luckily the ChiSox lost as well, but that can’t be counted on for the rest of September.
-Finally, the TV announcers had been making a big deal the last week over how well Boof Bonser has pitched out of the pen. I think the real Boof came back tonight.
Preview (77-61, T-1st w/CWS): Nick Blackburn (9-8, 3.75) vs. A.J. Burnett (16-10, 4.48). With staff ace Burnett on the mound, the Twins will likely have to prove themselves in another low-scoring contest.