Twins Get Big Win, Suffer Huge Loss

14 Sep

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The Twins scored six runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to take a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. However, after the game, KSTP’s Matt Thomas tweeted, “Morneau has stress fracture in back. Out for Year.”

Michael Cuddyer’s three run homer was his 25th of the season, the 100th of his career, and tied the game at three. Jason Kubel later hit a pinch hit two run homer that gave the team the final score. It came off of Chris Perez, one of the two young relievers that Cleveland got from St. Louis for Mark Derosa. Perez had given up just two runs (both in one game) since July 8th with the team. Joe Mauer had three more hits and continues to be quite good at baseball.

The stress fracture in the back seems to be the Twins Achilles’ heal, so to speak. Justin Morneau will miss the rest of this season with the injury. This is the same injury that affected Twins minor leaguers Drew Thompson, Whit Robbins, Joe Benson and Oswaldo Sosa over the past couple of years. With Joe Crede now out for the year and Justin Huber scratched from tonight’s lineup with an oblique injury, the Twins should consider putting both Crede and Morneau on the 60 Day DL and getting Danny Valencia and Brock Peterson to the Dome!

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

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6 Responses to “Twins Get Big Win, Suffer Huge Loss”

  1. jjswol September 15, 2009 at 12:04 am #

    Tough break for Morneau as it sounds like he is basically laid up for 3 months, no activities, no workouts, nothing. Hopefully he can get through this and come back strong in 2010. When did he get injured? Was it that slide in to 1B the other day?

    As for impact on the Twins, probably not much because they were done anyway and it is just a matter of time before the Tigers wrap it up. Their big win tonight might be just the thing to get them going.

    We were at the Dome tonight and it was pretty damn quiet in there all night up until Cuddyer crushed his homer. A pleasant surprise for me because I think that Cuddyer is terrible in the clutch. Then we get in the car to drive home and turn on KSTP and first thing we hear is Morneau is out for the year…..

  2. rosterman September 15, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    The Twins bench: Tolbert, Casilla.Punto, Buscher, Redmond, Huber and Morales. Ugh! Yes, would like to see he Twins add some corresponding bodies like Peterson and Valencia (maybe even Butera, Tolleson or Pridie). For Valencia or Peterson, the Twins would have to clear roster spots…..

  3. mike wants wins September 15, 2009 at 8:39 am #

    Twins need to clear a roster spot for Valencia in November any way. They should do it now (but then, I’ve been typing that for weeks, so what do I know).

    Too bad about Justin. He seems like a genuinely good guy.

  4. BB-STC September 15, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    The Twins won’t put them on the 60 day DL just in case by some chance some how we sweep the Tigers and make the playoffs… 😉

  5. Topper September 15, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    Hahaha, “Joe Mauer continues to be quite good at baseball.” Quote of the season, good one Seth.

    Great idea about how to get Valencia and Peterson up here. Peterson has definitely shown that he should get a little playing time with the big league club even if there really isn’t a future here for him, so I think you’re dead on about giving him a little time at 1st. Especially if Huber is going to be sidelined at all.

  6. Han Joelo September 15, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    Yeah, get Peterson up, and hope Huber is o.k. Maybe one of them will go all “Garrett Jones” for the rest of the season. As for the stress fracture, I tend to think thats the sort of thing that could have been lingering for quite a while.

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