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You don’t get many chances against a pitcher like Roy Halladay. The Twins scored four runs on nine hits over Halladay’s nine inning, complete game performance. But it was all about big hits. Down 1-0, Orlando Cabrera hit a game-tying solo home run in the top of the 6th inning. Then in the top of the 8th frame, Justin Morneau hit his 30th home run of the year, a solo homer that gave the Twins the 2-1 lead (and Morneau his 100th RBI). Then in the top of the 9th, Michael Cuddyer came in to pinch hit and delivered with a two run double to give the Twins a 4-1 lead. Brian Buscher had singled pinch-runner Alexi Casilla to 3B and advanced to 2B on the errant throw. Buscher came into the game 2-3 against Halladay. He went 3-4 in this game. It was very important to see big hits from both Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer as both had been struggling.
But the biggest story in the game was the performance of Carl Pavano. The veteran righty went 7.1 innings and gave up just one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out five. He earned this win, his 12th win of the season. Unfortunately, Pavano walked the leadoff batter of the 8th inning. So after a sacrifice bunt advance the runner to 2B, Jose Mijares came in and dominated the two lefties that he faced. He got a strikeout and a weak ground ball back to himself. Then Joe Nathan came in and got his 38th save with a scoreless ninth inning.
It was the first ever Twins Win against Roy Halladay.
The Twins win cuts their deficit in the AL Central to just six games. Of course, the Tigers are playing the Royals so that number will either drop to 5.5 games or go back to 6.5 games.
- Francisco Liriano was activated from the Disabled List. I can’t imagine him pitching in a high-leverage situation.
- Michael Cuddyer’s name was not in the starting lineup for the first time this season (when he was eligible to play not on the Disabled List).
- The Twins traded reliever Sean Henn to the Baltimore Orioles for either Cash (most likely a few dollars) or a Player to be Named Later.
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