Tag:Armando Galarraga
Posted on: May 13, 2009 12:36 am
Edited on: May 14, 2009 4:37 pm

Twins vs Tigers. Get your brooms out

Tuesday: In game one of this series the Twins beat Armando Galarraga and the Tigers 6-2 by continuing to hit the ball hard. In the first inning Tigers' left fielder Clete Thomas robbed Joe Mauer by pulling one back from the other side of the left field fence. In the 2nd Joe Crede hit a 2-run home-run to give the Twins the lead. In the 3rd, Mauer hit one to almost the same spot as he did in the first; however, this one was more of a line drive and remained just out of the reach of Thomas for the Twins 2nd 2-run homer of the game. Jeff Larish hit a solo homer in the 6th, but the the Twins got the run back in the bottom half of the inning when Young beat out a double play. Kevin Slowey pitched 6 innings, spreading out 8 hits and 2 free passes while only allowing the one earned run. Jesse Crain then came in for the 7th and quickly gave up a solo home-run to Ramon Santiago, followed by a 4 pitch walk to Curtis Granderson. Crain was then pulled without recording an out as he raised his era to 7.88. Jose Mijares, Matt Guerrier, and Joe Nathan all pitched perfectly to close out the game; although, with the Tigers giving up a walk to Carlos Gomez, a stolen base, and a Denard Span rbi single in the 8th, it was no longer a save situation for Nathan.

Slowey is now 5-1 despite an era just under 5.00. Joe Mauer had his 5th straight multi hit game and is currently batting .500. Yes, .500.

Wednesday: In a game that lasted just shy of 5 hours, in the bottom of the 13th with 2 strikes and 2 outs, Twins' 3rd baseman Joe Crede hit a walk-off grand slam off of Tigers' reliever Brandon Lyon to beat the Tigers 14 - 10. Home base umpire Paul Schrieber seemed to have a bit of an inconsistant strike zone, which resulted in a 14 walks. He also gave Magglio Ordonez a bit of a nudge back to the dugout when Ordonez disagreed with a called strike 3, which would lead to a Jim Leyland ejection. Schrieber has since apologized. The first 8 innings gave us a total of 18 runs, including back to back home runs from Miguel Cabrera and Jeff Larish, as well as a game tying 8th inning pinch-hit blast by Jason Kubel. Brandon Inge and Justin Morneau also hit round trippers. 

Then the 9th inning came and the bats cooled down. There were no real scoring threats until the top half of the 13th inning when Curtis Granderson hit a one out triple off of Twins reliever Jesse Crain. He then battled with Placido Polanco, getting him to pop out to  shallow left field on a pitch inside. Then with 2 strikes on Josh Anderson, Crain failed to come to a set position, resulting in the go ahead run coming in on a balk.
All ended well; however, when Brandon Lyon load the bases in the bottom half of the 13th, setting up Joe Crede's base clearing walk off grand slam.


Thursday: In the get away game both pitchers began the game dealing. The Tigers broke up the shut out with a 5 run inning against Scott Baker in the 6th. In the 7th the Twins finally got to Justin Verlander, who went 6 1/3 with 2 earned runs and 13 strikeouts. The Tigers brought in Bobby Seay to stop the bleeding, but he was unable to do so as he got only one out and was charged with 4 runs, including the go ahead run to Jason Kubel. Joe Crede continues to hit his way into the hearts of Twins fans with the 2 rbi single to score both Kubel and Morneau off of Zack Miner, for Crede's 2nd 2 out game winning hit in 2 days. The Twins' bullpen finished the game smoothly, including Joe Nathan in a 1-2-3 9th to record only his 6th save.


The Twins were able to complete the 3 game sweep of the Tigers to go above .500 for the first time since they lost the 11 inning game to Kansas City on May 2nd, and will hope to continue their winning ways as they head to New York for a 4 game series with the Yankees.



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com