“I certainly feel like this was my game to win,”

… Slowey said, “We scored those runs in the fourth and fifth [innings] and gave me an opportunity to go back out there, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the job done.” -quoted by Joe Christensen

Game 84: Blue Jays 6 (42-43), Twins 5 (45-39)

If the Twins weren’t scuffling so much this loss probably wouldn’t sting. As it stands, the loss to Toronto put the Twins in third place in the AL Central, looking up at both Detroit and Chicago.

Watching these games in Toronto reminds me of baseball video games when I was a kid when we would set the levels so the pitching was not particularly good and just tee off. The two teams look more like Hawaii and LA from Bases Loaded than major league teams (especially given Toronto’s throwback uniforms – at least in 1985 they had the sense to save the powder blues for road games). I was half-waiting for Joe Mauer’s glove to start floating away from his body on outside pitches.

On the injury front, the Twins were a hairline away from moving this game from silly to disastrous. It sounds like both Delmon Young and Justin Morneau will be okay, probably in the lineup tonight, but losing even one of those guys at this point might make even the most optimistic of fans start to look towards next year.

WPA Stars of the Game
1. Orlando Hudson
2. Jose Bautista
3. Scott Downs

Standings (through Wednesday)
1. Det 46-37, 384-377, –
2. Chi 45-38, 364-355, 1.0
3. Min 45-39, 394-347, 1.5
4. KC 39-46, 377-409, 8.0
5. Cle 33-51, 344-422, 13.5

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