Slowey’s Turn

Game 78: Twins 5 (43-35), Tigers 1 (41-36)

After the last few weeks of bad pitching and bad play, the last 48 hours have been a nice reprieve. Really, if you could somehow take away the four-spot the Tigers put on Liriano in the first inning on Monday, this was a really nice series for the Twins. In the last two games they have outscored the Tigers 16-5. More importantly, they have done so with Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey on the mound – both with performances that are much improved over the last few weeks worth of starts. They have hit three home runs over the last three games (which doesn’t sound like much, but is a virtual cornucopia of home runs for this team at this park), and have hit the ball all over Target Field for extra base hits and with runners in scoring position.

Two days worth of success does not mean the season is turned around, but is has been a lot more fun to watch the last two games.

WPA Stars of the Game
1. Kevin Slowey
2. Justin Morneau
3. Miguel Cabrera

Standings (through Wednesday)
1. Min 43-35, 366-314, –
2. Det 41-36, 347-351, 1.5
3. Chi 40-37, 335-341, 2.5
4. KC 34-45, 355-386, 9.5
5. Cle 30-47, 319-392, 12.5

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