Can’t Hit? No Matter
If one thing has become crystal clear during the 2009 Interleague Play schedule, besides the fact that the Twins can win on the road when playing the NL, it is that starting pitcher Glen Perkins cannot hit. He goes up to the plate, takes a few feeble waves, and (in nearly every occasion past, present, or future) goes back to prepare for the next inning on the mound.
That didn’t matter tonight, however, as Perkins was brilliant for seven innings, holding the Cardinals to just four hits and one earned run. He didn’t strike many batters out (3), but nobody really hit anything hard off of him, either. The bullpen then shut the door from that point. Guerrier struggled a bit in the eighth, but with one out Gardy summoned Jose Mijares, who proceeded to throw one pitch, get the double play, and get back in the dugout.
The offense left a few men on base again tonight, but two-hit games from Kubel and Cuddyer proved to be enough.
Perhaps the most telling stat, though, is that Albert Pujols was just 1-4 on the night, and whiffed against Joe Nathan in the final frame.
-At one point, a camera showed former Twin Dennys Reyes warming up in the bullpen. My first thought was, “Geesh, that’s the ugliest guy I’ve ever seen”…
But then, Ryan Franklin was brought in for the top of the ninth…
I rest my case.
Preview (38-37, 2nd, 4.0 GB DET): Kevin Slowey (10-2, 4.04) vs. Todd Wellemeyer (6-7, 5.53). Though still a bit of a long-shot, Slowey might just be pitching himself into All-Star consideration. He doesn’t have the dominating ERA, but a win tomorrow would give him the AL-lead in that category. Of course, I remember a year or two ago that Kyle Lohse (for the Cards) was something like 12-2 at the break with a similar ERA and didn’t make the Midsummer Classic. However, if a few guys picked by the managers fall ill or have other conflicts, you just never know.