Game 103: Cleveland Indians
The Minnesota Twins ended their win drought, and Jason Tyner ended his homerun drought on the way to a 3-2 victory over the Indians. Johan Santana took the hill for the Twins, and looked completely dominate taking a no-no pretty late into the game. The offense wasn't fantastic, but got the job done, including a rare homerun from Jason Tyner. With the win, the Twins gained a game in both the division and wild card races.
Johan Santana has always been a second half guy, but in his last start, had a surprisingly poor game. However, tonight he showed that was just a fluke lasting seven very strong innings, and taking a no-no into the late sixth inning. Santana's final line was 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs and 12 strikeouts. He didn't get the win because the offense didn't score a lot, but now has a 2.92 ERA on the season.
The bullpen picked up the final two innings, and allowed no hits, runs or base runners. Pat Nesehk looked strong coming off his poor Toronto appearance, and picked up his sixth win of the season. Joe Nathan came in with a one run lead, and held the Indians off for his twenty first save of the season.
As mentioned above, the offense didn't go off, but scored enough runs to get them to a victory. They scored a total of three runs on the night, coming off just five total hits. Jason Tyner put them up early with his first homerun of the season, and oddly enough the first of his career. Justin Morneau also picked up an RBI on the night, and rookie Brian Buscher picked up the eventual game winning RBI, and his first of his career.
For more stats, make sure to check out the Box Score.
Another quick note is that Ty Wigginton was traded to the Astros for Dan Wheeler, and Dmitri Young was signed to a two-year deal. This means two guys on the Twins radar are now gone. The trade deadline is Tuesday afternoon.