Oh Please, Not Now

scratch.jpgIn baseball terms, the month of September is called the “stretch run”, where teams with playoff hopes must step it up a notch and those who do not will be watching the postseason on television.  So far, the Twins seem to be falling into the latter category.

Earlier tonight, the Blue Jays first nickel-and-dimed the Twins, then broke things wide open in the later innings.  The Jays knocked Twins starter Kevin Slowey out of the game in the sixth inning with a 3-0, then pounced on relievers Bobby Korecky and Philip Humber (both call-ups from Triple-A Rochester) for the big lead.

Of course, none of that really mattered much, as you can’t win a game with a big “0” on the board.  Against Toronto starter Jesse Litsch (CG, 4 H), the Twins couldn’t muster even a single threat the entire contest.  A complete shutdown of the bats.  Sure, Toronto has good starting pitching, but nothing?!

Notes:

-I really hope that this isn’t the point where the young Twins fall out of the pennant race.  It has been so enjoyable watching them for the past five months that it would be a shame for the excitement to end now.  At least we are now heading home, where at times we have looked like a completely different team.

Preview (77-63, 2nd, 1.5 GB CWS): Francisco Liriano (4-3, 3.45) vs. Armando Galarraga (12-4, 3.17).  With Cisco on the mound on a Friday night the Dome should be packed, which hopefully is just the spark this struggling team needs.

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