Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Twins Lose in Canada
The Twins found a new way to lose tonight. The team lost a game in Canada for the first time this year!
The Twins jumped out to a 3-0 lead. In the first inning, Justin Morneau doubled in Jason Kubel. In the third inning, it was Kubel who drove in two runs.
Brian Duensing threw five shutout innings to start the game. But his sixth inning began with back-to-back singles, followed by a walk. Duensing was relieved by Jon Rauch, and thatís when the flood gates opened. Former Twin Randy Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly, another walk was issued, and Edwin Encarnacion singled in two runs to tie the game. A couple of batters later, Rauch allowed a three-run homer to light hitting John McDonald that gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead that was last the rest of the game.
Denard Span and Orlando Cabrera each had two hits for the Twins. Jose Mijares and Bobby Keppel combined for 2.1 shutout innings.
The Tigers appear to be headed toward a win against the Royals and will have a 7.5 game lead in the AL Central.
Joe Mauer was not in the lineup. I think that is just fine. He does need an occasional day completely off. He hasnít had one in a while. On the road is a good place to do that. And then you have to pick who you want him to not play against. A tough, young lefty just makes sense. Mauer did pinch hit and made the final out of the game.
∑ It has been time to think 2010 for a long time. Be sure to check out Travis Talks for his thoughts on the 2010 roster.
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