On the heels of a 6 game losing streak during a disappointing injury riddled season, the Twins were in need of a boost. Nick Blackburn out dueled Jon Lester and the Twins scored 3 in the ninth after giving up their lead like they had in the first two games against Boston.
Jim Thome did not hit HR number 599, but he did deliver the game winning RBI double to put the Twins ahead for good. Joe Nathan then closed the door for his 255th save, passing Rick Aguilera to become the Twins all time saves leader.
This was a necessary win to preserve a seemingly lost season (9.5 games back of Detroit), but the Twins received good news in that Justin Morneau and Alexi Casilla will both be returning on Friday at Cleveland.
Alexi Casilla was playing great defense and getting on base in the 2 hole (.385 OBP in his past 10 games). Morneau was 9-22 (.409) with four doubles in his rehab stint and should give the Twins a huge boost in the clean up role.
Unfortunately the Twins most consistent pitcher Scott Baker was placed on the DL with a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow, and Kevin Slowey has been called up to start in his place. Slowey will have the chance to prove that he can be a solid starting pitcher once again, whether or not it is for the Twins or another team.
The Twins have a critical 6 games coming up with 3 at Cleveland and then 3 at Detroit. They must win both series’ if they want to have a chance at making another late season comeback.
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Written by Jonathan Fawkes
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