Top Dog No More
With the way the Twins had been playing of late, this day seemed inevitable. I was hoping that a little hometown magic would boost the spirits and lead to a victory, but even that proved not enough tonight as the Twins were beaten (and vaulted in the standings) by the Detroit Tigers.
Though we finally got some clutch hits tonight, our pitching could not silence the Tigers’ bats long enough for us to stay in the game. Liriano got roughed up early (4 runs in the first inning), then settled down nicely, but once the ‘pen was called in the Tigers kept scoring just enough runs to stay ahead of us.
It’s not the end of the world, I know, but after reigning at the top of the division for nearly two whole months, it actually starts to feel as if you belong there.
-I really feel bad for Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya…
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy on a baseball field in such pain. With his history of arm problems, it could very well be that he never throws another pitch again (if the pain matches the severity of the injury). You never like to see a top talent get hurt, even if he plays for your rival.
-Jim Thome hitting a triple? Yep. Took a million-to-one bounce of the edge of the scoreboard…and Thome came up spades. Only guys funnier legging one out were Mike Redmond and Matthew LeCroy.
Preview (41-35, 2nd, 0.5 GB DET): Armando Galaragga (3-1, 3.68) vs. Nick Blackburn (6-5, 6.10). Just typing “GB” instead of “GA” gives me flashbacks to 2009. Ugh. Tomorrow it’s Mr (Almost) Perfect vs. Mr. (Almost) Pathetic.