No Way…Yep, Jose!
Can anything go wrong for the Minnesota Twins right now (especially with Chicago in town)?!
After the game ended in dramatic fashion, with Jose Morales pinch hitting with two outs and a man on third in the bottom of the ninth and getting a solid base hit to win the game, I began thinking of all the remarkable occurences that transpired over those nine innings:
-For starters, Jeff Manship held the Sox to just one earned run over five innings. Yep, Jeff Manship, facing guys like A.J., Konerko, and Dye got the job done.
-Jon Rauch (recently acquired from Arizona) made just his second appearance in the white pinstripes, pitched a scoreless ninth inning, and got his second win of the season. I believe it took Francisco Liriano about two months to get to two wins!
-Michael Cuddyer once again clubbed two bombs in one game. We’re turning this place back into the Homerdome yet!
-And finally, there’s Jose Morales, the hero himself. In his first at-bat since God knows when (a month or two at least), Morales didn’t allow himself to be cowed by the pressure situation and just got good wood on the ball. A new hero emerges every night, it seems.
The only thing to go wrong tonight was Jose Mijares and Matt Guerrier combining to blow a late-inning lead, but that only set the stage for all the dramatics (so maybe they just have a keen sense of theatre)!
Preview (67-65, 2nd, 3.5 GB DET): Mark Buerhle (11-7, 3.89) vs. Brian Duensing (2-1, 4.37). Let’s make Buerhle’s last Dome start a “memorable” one for him.