Game 128: Baltimore Orioles
The Twins kept their winning streak alive tonight, and had yet another surprising win tonight over the Orioles this time, 7-4. Johan Santana had a bad first inning, but after that did a nice job. And, for the second night in a row, the offense scored a lot of late inning runs to take the victory. With the win, they are now 65-63 on the season, but still have work to do in order to move up in the standings.
In his last outing, Santan struck out 17 hitters, so that would be hard to match in tonight's outing. But, other than the first inning, Johan did a nice job tonight. His final line was 7 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs and 7 strikeouts. He also got the victory, because the Twins scored five runs before he exited the game. With the win, he is now 14-9 on the season with a nice 2.97 ERA.
The bullpen pitched the next two innings, and allowed no hits or runs. Carmen Cali pitched two outs of the eighth, and Neshek finished it up by retiring the final batter. Joe Nathan then came on, and collected his 28th save with a perfect ninth inning of work.
The offense hasn't been all that clutch this season, but the last two games have been fun and interesting. Yesterday, they scored five runs in the final three innings for the win, and tonight they scored seven in those innings. Their runs tonight came from homeruns, as Morneau, Kubel and Hunter all rounded the bases. Morneau's was the best though, as it was his first in over 100 at-bats.
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