Opponent: Texas Rangers
Starting Pitcher: Fox
Final Score: 4-3
Recap: I must say I'm pretty impressed with the resiliency of the Twins. I was afraid that horrible game on Thursday might send us into an immediate downward spiral, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I guess I have to remember this is a different team than what we've had before. We just keep on winning, despite all of the setbacks we've faced. We've been without Justin Morneau for almost 2 months; how insane is that?
After the brutal decimation of the pitching staff, the Twins opted to go with Matt Fox as an emergency starter in this game. I wasn't feeling too confident about this, I must admit, with Fox pitching on 3 days rest and little sleep, having been rushed over from Rochester in the early hours of the morning. Nonetheless he delivered a very impressive start for the Twins, giving them 5.2 innings with only 2 earned runs. We really needed a solid start, and that's what he gave us. In addition, the Twins called up Burnett and Delaney from Rochester, so we had some more bullpen arms. Burnett took over after Fox and gave up a run in 1.1 innings, although he did end up with the win.
The offense only had 8 hits, but at least a couple of them were extra-base hits. That was a nice change from Thursday. We were down 3 to 2 going into the bottom of the 7th, but Valencia singled with 1 out in the inning (he had to be removed from the game soon after due to a hamstring injury; major bummer). Repko walked, and Ron Washington tried to counter with his bullpen. He brought on Ogando to face J.J. Hardy, who hit a single to drive in the tying run. Washington tried again, bringing in a lefty to face Span, but he also singled to score the go-ahead run. Then it was up to our bullpen to hold the 1-run lead. Rauch gave up a hit but got an out. Flores gave up a hit and didn't record an out, so Capps ended up getting a 5-out save. It was a good, solid, well-played game, and certainly a complete 180 from the last one. There were some good defensive plays as well. I certainly appreciated that! Now let's see if we can clinch a series win.
Best Moment: Repko's awesome outfield assist at 3rd in the 9th inning.
Most Questionable Moment: I can't think of anything right now.
Worst Moment: Valencia getting hurt. Ruh roh.
Quotations of the Day:
- "I just told him I hope you took it all in. He pitched his tail off. That was a big league performance, and I wanted him to know that." - Ron Gardenhire, on Matt Fox.
- "I told countless people that was the most fun I've had, that I've ever had on the mound. Just to be able to help the team out and give them a chance to win, that was my goal coming in. I was able to do that, so it's a lot of fun." - Matt Fox
Suck-Ass Performance of the Game: Delmon Young (0 for 4, 1 strikeout, 2 left on base)