“It was just one of those nights that a lot of stuff happened. I wish we could remember it all.”

-Ron Gardenhire, quoted by LaVelle E. Neal III in the Star Tribune.

Game 18: Twins 9 (13-5), Royals 7 (6-11) – 12 innings

There have been a few games this season in which a Twins’ starting pitcher has faltered. Up until this point we have largely called those games “losses.” That may have changed Saturday night as the Twins played in one of those games that looked from the beginning like it might be a loss, but turned into a win and the sixth series victory for the Twins this season.

While the game ended with some controversy (see the Strib link above), the storyline Saturday night should have been a team’s perseverance. They found themselves down 5-1 early thanks to a rough start by Nick Blackburn. The Twins came back over the course of a few innings to make the score 5-4, only to drop another run in the bottom of the fifth. Morneau’s two-run home run in the seventh inning finally tied the game, and ultimately sent it into extra frames. A lead in the 11th turned into a blown save, but the Twins made up for all of that with a two-run 12th (on a bases loaded hit no less).

The 2010 Twins in April remind me a bit of the 2006 Twins in August. Not in style, but in the fact that I can’t take my eyes off of the games. Even with all of the gnashing of teeth with regards to the Twins’ inability to get the big hit, this team is scoring 5.44 runs per game, second only to Tampa Bay in the American League.

WPA Stars of the Game
1. Jose Guillen
2. Joe Mauer
3. Joakim Soria/Matt Guerrier (tie)

Standings (through Saturday)
1. Min 13-5, 98-66, –
2. Det 10-8, 84-85, 3.0
3. Cle 8-9, 60-73, 4.5
4. Chi 7-11, 71-88, 6.0
5. KC 6-11, 81-103, 6.5

The Twins try for a sweep at 1:00 PM Sunday – Kevin Slowey vs. Brian Bannister.


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