Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Losing Comes To A Skid

Memorial Day is a day for American's to honor and remember those who have served our great country.  It's also a day to remember when the Twins' losing streak finally screeched to a halt.  

The Minnesota Twins (16-32) defeated the Oakland A's (22-27) yesterday 5-4 in another nail biter as Matt Capps entered the 9th to a round of boos in his home park.

Of course the fans weren't happy with his first blown save of the year just the night before when Miguel Cabrera launched an 0-2 fastball into the seats.  ''I don't blame people for booing. They expect us to do a job, and I'm no different from the 24 other guys in here,'' Capps said.
An error and a walk and suddenly there were 2 on and 2 out for the A's with their hottest hitter Josh Reddick up to the plate.  He had homered and tripled already this game and Gardy wasn't going to take any chances with him in the 9th.  Capps intentionally walked Reddick to load the bases with a less intimidating Jonny Gomes up to bat.  Once again, Capps got Gomes 0-2 and I'm sure the echos of the booing fans still rattled in his head. 

''I wouldn't be human if I didn't feel something. Nobody likes that, especially in their home ballpark,'' Capps said, adding: ''No matter what the fans think, this organization still expects it out of me, and I've got to go out and do it.''  

But this time Capps prevailed when he blew a 94 mph heater by Gomes to end the game and get his 10 save of the season amidst a roaring Target Field crowd.

''We feel comfortable with him on the mound. He's a guy with guts,'' Morneau said

Alex Burnett (2-0) recorded the win but Scott Diamond pitched another solid game going 6.1 inn giving up 3ER on 9 hits.  Joe Mauer had 2 hits in the game, Trevor Plouffe hit a bomb in the 5th and Justin Morneau added 2 RBI in the 8th to tie it up at 4.  Ryan Doumit clobbered a fly ball to left to score Josh Willingham for the go-ahead run. 

The Twins face the A's at Target Field again tonight at 7:10.  Cole DeVries (0-1, 5.40) will get his second major league start taking on Jarrod Parker (1-2, 3.38) in the 2nd of a 3 game series.  The win extends Oakland's losing streak to 6 games. 

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