Game 64: Atlanta Braves
The Twins were able to sweep the Braves yesterday with a ninth inning rally to tie it up, and then take the win with a walkoff hit by Redmond. Johan Santana started for the Twins, and did an awesome job. However, the Twins scored to late for him to pick up the win. The offense wasn't very good against Hudson, but they got to Wickman in the ninth for the win. With the win, the Twins moved further above .500 with a record of 33-31.
Johan Santana has been pitching about just as good as any season so far in his career. The only problem has been that the Twins haven't scored runs, and he's lost a lot of close and low-scoring games. That was the case yesterday as Johan pitched awesome, the only difference was that they took him off the hook with a late rally. Johan's final line was 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs and 9 strikeouts. Santana didn't get a win or loss and his record is 6-6 to go along with a very nice 3.19 ERA.
The bullpen pitched the final two innings, and Rincon and Reyes came in to do the job. Rincon was first, and gave up two hits. However, he was able to retire the side after that for a scoreless inning. Reyes pitched the ninth in his first outing off the disabled list. Reyes gave up just a hit and picked up the win to go 1-1 on the season.
The offense wasn't very good, but you have to give Hudson some credit. They managed a total of six hits on the game, and four of those hits came in the ninth inning. Luis Castillo was the key player going 2-4 and getting the leadoff hit in the ninth to get things started. Hunter picked up RBI number 54, Cuddyer number 42 and Redmond number 18.
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