….”We needed to come out of this at least splitting the series. Their guy [Hernandez] threw a helluva ballgame. He really got stronger as the game wore on and he shut down a really good lineup.” – Carl Pavano quoted by Joe Christensen.
As with most of the West Coast games, I was able to watch a couple of innings before the DVR took over for the night. I saw the Twins take a first inning lead when Mauer and Morneau scalded a couple of balls off of Felix Hernandez. As it turned out, I saw the entire Twins offense for the game as well – no need to check the rest of the recording.
The Twins have now lost three straight and have a below-.500 record in road games.
WPA Stars of the Game
1. Felix Hernandez
2. Jose Lopez
3. Michael Saunders
AL Central Standings (through Thursday)
1. Min 31-23, 254-208, –
2. Det 28-25, 238-229, 2.5
3. Chi 23-30, 225-259, 7.5
4. KC 22-32, 237-278, 9.5
5. Cle 19-33, 202-275, 11.0
The West Coast swing continues (sigh) with three games at Oakland. Preview.