“To be honest, he’s always given us trouble,” Kubel said. “He used to get me on sliders down and in, and I was able to foul a couple of those off today. So I kind of made some adjustments. I don’t think he got them down as much as he wanted to.” – quoted by Joe C.
While last year’s Cy Young award winner struggled, the Twins got a very good performance from Kevin Slowey. From the same game story:
…Slowey threw 72 of his 102 pitches for strikes, yet allowed only three hits.”I think he’s pitching to contact better,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I think he’s locating the ball really, really well and getting some quick outs on ground balls and fly balls, and that’s what he has to do. Not too many 3-2 counts tonight, which is good.”
Slowey threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the first 20 batters he faced. He didn’t walk a batter. And since Target Field is a tough home run park, his fly-ball tendencies had less chance to hurt him. He recorded 14 flyouts, three groundouts and three strikeouts.
It was a good thing the Twins jumped ahead so quickly. I’ll admit that this game was secondary on my baseball list Tuesday night, the primary interest being the game in Washington. Strasburg was electric, and was going to be a tough show to follow. A “boring” game in which the home team jumped ahead early was perfect.
WPA Stars of the Game
1. Kevin Slowey
2. Jason Kubel
3. Michael Cuddyer
Standings (through Tuesday)
1. Min 34-24, 274-223, –
2. Det 30-27, 254-247, 3.5
3. Chi 24-33, 237-286, 9.5
4. KC 24-35, 256-294, 10.5
5. Cle 21-36, 225-292, 12.5
The game against the Royals tonight is back to top billing. I am glad to see that the offense can score without Hudson in the lineup, but he still can’t come back soon enough (now that he’s on the DL it will at least be another week).