Extra Inning Loss

Game 79: Rays 5 (46-32), Twins 4 (43-36); 10 innings

It was one of those games where the bullpen was the deciding factor. Delmon Young had an incredible game against his former team, but, in this case, it turned into a loss for the Twins.

“Our bullpen’s been very good,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Tonight we had a couple that didn’t get it done, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.” – quoted by Joe Christensen

Jon Rauch didn’t feel as if he missed any pitches.

“I got beat today,” Rauch said. “I thought I made good quality pitches. The pitch to Crawford was exactly where we wanted it, and he got the end of the bat on it, hit it up the middle. And the pitch to Longoria was a pitch that I thought hit the spot I needed, and I got beat. Sometimes that happens.”

Carl Pavano wanted to take the blame, however.

“You can point your finger at Jon [Rauch] — he gave up that one run — but early in the game, it’s my job to close the inning with two outs, and I couldn’t do that, and it cost us the game tonight,” Pavano said.

WPA Stars of the Game
1. Evan Longoria
2. Delmon Young
3. Rafael Soriano

Standings (through Thursday)
1. Min 43-36, 370-319, –
2. Det 41-36, 347-351, 1.0
3. Chi 40-37, 335-341, 2.0
4. KC 34-45, 355-386, 9.0
5. Cle 31-47, 325-393, 11.5

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