If there was ever a game in which the Twins might look past an opponent, this could have been it. They just had an emotional win in which they finally beat the Yankees in the Bronx. The Blue Jays have been a good team so far this year, and are a team that could easily light a pitcher like Kevin Slowey up with a couple of long balls. This was a game that the Twins could have easily lost.
True, Kevin Slowey was not at his best, but Justin Morneau was. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four runs batted in. The Jays helped, of course, with some little league-caliber defense in the fourth inning. It all added up to an 8-3 Twins win in a game that had a tendency to get ugly.
Most of the talk after the game, of course, was about Morneau. From LEN3’s game story:
Morneau is batting .374 on the season with 11 homers and 29 RBI, but he’s batting .400 in his past 16 games with seven homers and 14 RBI.
“It’s a good run this early in the season,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We have seen him do some damage. He has carried this ballclub more than one time throughout the years that he’s been here. Right now, he’s got a little bit of help, [but] this is one of those times where he’s doing his part, that’s for sure.”
WPA Stars of the Game
1. Justin Morneau
2. Michael Cuddyer
3. Alex Burnett
AL Central Standings (through Monday)
1. Min 24-14, 188-144, –
2. Det 22-16, 176-172, 2.0
3. Cle 15-21, 139-167, 8.0
4. Chi 15-22, 152-180, 8.5
5. KC 15-24, 159-202, 9.5
Carl Pavano takes the hill in Tuesday’s series finale against Shaun Marcum.