Twins Top Toronto, Halladay

9 Sep

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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.

Twins Links:

  • 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.

 If you have any opinions, comments or updates, please leave them in the Comments section.

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3 Responses to “Twins Top Toronto, Halladay”

  1. Tyler September 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    Seth

    What do you think the chances are of the Twins resigning Pavano? I think they defenitely should sign Pavano, not just because of this start, but because many other previous solid starts for the Twins. I think next season will be his breakout year (again).

  2. thrylos98 September 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    This win (and appearance) by Pavano was huge because he likely crossed the barrier into a type B free agent (and will stay there without a collapse in his future starts)

    From what I have been reading from several sources out of Baltimore, the Henn trade (curiously) seems to be more and more for a PTBNL rather than cash (I’d think that it would be like a $1 deal), which would be a steal if the PTBNL is alive, can breathe and the south side of their 30s. The skeptic/optimist in me thinks/hopes that the Orioles are actually seeing something in Henn and this move might be a Miguel Sano – related move (with the Orioles and the Twins, being the major players left, after the Pirates bowed out, if you are still keeping track)

    Here is a question: Big night by Boof Bonser (down at Miracle tonight: 2IP 4K 0H 0R 0BB), his third shutout inning. How much of an option out of the Twins’ pen might he be in September (with Keppel, or even Tolbert DFA’d to open a 40-man spot)? My gut says that they will not risk it, but if Detroit falters for a while and the Twins sweep them in the first series… what do you think?

  3. Dave September 10, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    At the risk of sounding –what?–paranoid or utterly defeatist, the last couple of weeks have confirmed what I have believed for years. It’s not that the Twins would refuse a Division championship [I think]. But there is a priority a hundred times more important to the point where it pushes the club perilously close to being acutely uncomfortable winning a title: organizational maintenance. A place for everything and everything in its place. Let’s be among the slowest moving organization, reacting only when the stars come near to overtly rebelling. Let’s be sure that you clog up the pipeline so that you have a justification for stifling talent at Double and Triple A. And whatever you do, don’t trust your own developing talent. Keep Valencia on ice so you can play guys with balky backs or hovering around the Mendoza line. Keep Young and Gomez rotating in the lineup when you have players who’ve had excellent seasons at Rochester. And, in case that doesn’t sabotage any chance at catching Detroit, let’s DH Mauer, play someone whose best days are in the rearview mirror, and minimize the opportunities for a young catcher with a great swing. This organization is way, WAY too comfortable.

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