July 29, 2007

Game 104: Cleveland Indians

The Twins won their first series in what seems like weeks today with a late innings rally. The final score was 4-1, and Matt Garza turned in another great performance. The bullpen finished it off, picking up the final three innings. The offense was slow, and looked actually pretty bad up until the eighth and ninth innings when they scored four runs.

With the way Matt Garza has pitched since being called up, he could very easily be undefeated. However, the lack of run support hasn't made that possible, and he barley has any wins to show for his great work. Today, Garza's final line was 6 innings, 5 hits, 1 run and 11 strikeouts. Again, he didn't get the win, but lowered his ERA even lower, and it now stands at 1.37 on the season.

The last three innings went to Dennys Reyes, Pat Neshek and Joe Nathan. Reyes was in first, and lasted 1.1 innings allowing just a hit. Nesehk picked up the final two outs of the eighth, and allowed nothing. Joe Nathan was on for the second day in a row, and picked up his twenty second save of the season.

As I mentioned above, the offense got off to an extremely slow start, and in the sixth inning looked terrible. In this inning, they had Bartlett at third with no outs, and Punto, Mauer and Morneau all followed by striking out. After that though, they played pretty well. They scored three in the eighth including an RBI double by Mike Redmond. In the ninth inning, Lew Ford stretched the lead a little bigger with his third homerun of the season.

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