Two Model Franchises (And Managers)
Tonight’s marathon Twins-Rays game featured two of the most solid franchises in the American League duking it out deep into extra innings.
For “starters”, David Price (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K) and Scott Baker (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 K) matched each other hurl for hurl, with only an early Jason Repko double (driving in Danny Valencia) lighting up the scoreboard whatsoever.
Unsettlingly, though, Matt Capps came in for the save situation and promptly blew it, allowing the tying run to score on a Dan Johnson single.
From that point on, it was a battle of the bullpens, with the Twins holding the slight edge and thus the 2-1 victory:
Tampa: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER (all from Lance Cormier)
Minnesota: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER (Crain, Mijares, Guerrier)
In a game featuring such quality managers as Joe Maddon and Ron Gardenhire, what can you expect?!
-It was nice to see Guerrier redeem himself after last night. This is a guy who doesn’t have the most talent in the world, but relies instead on location and pitch movement. Really strong performance tonight.
-Capps had better buy Baker a nice dinner sometime this week.
-Delmon Young finally got the big hit against his former club! Hopefully that will break him out of his little mini-funk.
Preview (60-48, 2nd, 1.5 GB CWS): Kevin Slowey (10-5, 4.44) vs. Wade Davis (9-9, 4.21).