Justin Morneau was clutch again. A bases loaded single to center scored two and put the Twins up 3-2. They went on to win 4-2 over the Royals and claimed their 3rd series victory in a row.
Nick Blackburn (2-4, 7.75) gave up a 2 run homer to Yuniesky (huh?) Betancourt to left field on a 2-2 count, but that was it. Blacky said after that 1st inning he stopped thinking out there, trusted his stuff and just pitched. Great advice for any pitcher --just do it, don't think about it. He rolled from there completing 5 innings on 92 pitches. Not great, but good for Blacky.
The Twins bullpen threw 4 shutout innings in relief, including Matt Capps coming on for the save, his 14th. Capps appears to have his stuff working too as his fastball was hitting 95 on the gun and looked like it was actually rising. I remember Nolan Ryan threw a four seam riser, but not too many other pitchers have been able to duplicate that nasty pitch. I'm not comparing Capps to Nolan Ryan by any means but just saying that he looks like he's got his confidence back on the mound and his pitches are moving.
Joe Mauer was once again out of the lineup with a sprained thumb. He has not swung a bat since that last game against the Indians. The Twins have today off so I guess there's a chance he may be in the lineup on Friday when they take on the Chicago Cubs at Target Field. I said "a chance".
Jeff Manship, or should I say Mansihp, made his comeback appearance last night but had to wear a jersey with his name misspelled on it! He came on to pitch a scoreless 6th -- I say keep the name spelled that way. Mansihp seems to pitch better than Manship.
Despite winning 3 series' in a row, the Twins still hold the worst record in the AL at 22-34 and remain 9.0 games out of 1st place. They are still ahead of the Cubs (19-37) and the Padres (19-38), however, for worst record in the Majors.
Got to look at the positives, right?
Tune in to FSN at 7:10 CT on Friday for their series opener against the lowly Cubs.