Monday, July 19, 2010

Just the way the Twins drew it up...

Jon Rauch got pulled from a game and the Twins still won. Jesse Crain got his first save in almost half a decade. Carl Pavano pitched a complete game that took under two hours to complete. Nick Blackburn pitched better than he has in his last few outings. The Twins chased Bobby Jenks from a game in which he didn't get an out. The Twins won a one-run game when trailing by three runs in the ninth for the first since 2001. Just the way the Twins drew it up...

The Twins on the heels of a horrible end to the first half of the season shifted into a huge weekend series with their division rivals, the Chicago White Sox. After Thursday night there seemed to be little hope for a second half surge. The Twins took the lead and the bullpen let the lead slip away. It looked like more of the same and the Twins were on their way toward the bottom of AL Central.

Friday night a savior arrived in the form of Fransisco Liriano. Liriano pitched a jewel of a game and still there were questions at the end of the game. Jon Rauch came into the game to get some work in a non-save situation. Rauch didn't have his stuff that night and Jesse Crain had to come in to clean up the mess. Yes, the same Jesse Crain that was a GIANT question mark just a few months ago. He got his first save since the end of the 2006 season.

Saturday showed why Carl Pavano has become an innings eater and the "ace" of the Twins staff. Both Pavano and Mark Buehrle pitched complete games. Only the fifth time that that both starters have done this in a 9 inning game this season in MLB. The game was also the third shortest game in the majors this season at a quick 1:52.

Sunday put the cap on the entire weekend. The Twins prospects looked bleak as the 9th inning approached. The team was down by three runs. The White Sox closer, Bobby Jenks, was entering the game. But as crazy as the weekend had been the Twins decided to keep the festivities going. According to the Elias Sports Bureau it was the first time that Minnesota scored four or more runs in the last inning of a one-run walk-off win since June 26, 2001, when Denny Hocking's two-run triple capped a four-run ninth inning, coincidentally in a 7-6 win over the White Sox.

It was wild, it was wacky, and it was just the way the Twins drew it up...

1 comment:

Dan said...

I wish I could feel good about this past weekend, but if the Slam off of Mo didn't kick start the club, this past weekend won't either.