Game 79: Detroit Tigers
The Twins won game two of the series today with an 8-5 victory, and assured themselves of at least a series win. Kevin Slowey took the mound for the Twins, and other than a few bad pitches (late in his outing), he pitched very well. The Twins got a few big blasts in the game, and those proved to be the deciding factor.
With every outing, and Matt Garza now in the majors, Kevin Slowey needs to prove that he belongs. While today he didn't pitch his best, he did pitch very well early before a few bad pitches in the middle innings. Slowey's final line was 6 innings, 9 hits, 4 runs and 2 strikeouts. The good news is that all but one of the runs that he allowed came in the fifth and sixth innings on two bad pitches (homeruns). Slowey did pick up the win, and is now 3-0 on the season with a 5.13 ERA.
The bullpen picked up after he left, and allowed just a solo homerun through three innings. Reyes pitched first and went 0.2 innings while picking up a strikeout. Pat Neshek finished the inning and pitched the eighth as well, allowing just a solo homerun to Pudge. Nathan then pitched a quick ninth inning for his sixteenth save of the season.
The offense scored five innings in a row after the first, and the big innings came in the fifth and sixth inning. Lew Ford hit his second homerun of the season, and also picked up 3 RBI on the day. Meanwhile, Cuddyer hit his first homerun in some time, his ninth of the season. In addition to these two players, Morneau and Bartlett each collected RBI hits on the day. Also, with Cuddyer's 3 RBI, the Twins now have three players with 50 or more on the season.
For more stats, make sure to check out the Box Score.
Tomorrow, I'll have a post with all of the Twins who made the All-Star game along with any players up for the Final Vote. Remember that the game is the Sunday Night Game, so a recap won't be up until late Sunday or sometime Monday.