Opponent: Cleveland Indians
Starting Pitcher: Pavano
Final Score: W 6-4
Recap: Central Division champs. It has a nice ring to it. It's also great that we won't have a third Game 163 in a row. It's much less stressful. Now all my stress comes from wondering if we'll roll over and die in the playoffs. It was a very exciting game tonight, with the Twins rallying for 4 runs in the 8th to take the lead. Then all the players hung around to watch the A's/White Sox game. The A's finished off the White Sox, with Craig Breslow saving the game for them. I still miss him.
Thome had 2 hits and another home run in the game, while Valencia, Young, Butera and Span all had 2 hits. Baker did okay in his first start in a while, pitching 5 innings with 2 earned runs. Mijares had some struggles, but Rauch, Perkins and Capps each pitched at least a scoreless inning apiece. Perkins actually got the win. I'm too tired to write anything else right now; I almost just wrote that Perkins got the wind. But go Twins!
Best Moment: Winning the division!
Most Questionable Moment: Poor Dick Bremer, getting beered in the clubhouse after the game.
Worst Moment: I cannot think of anything right now.
Quotations of the Day:
- "These guys aren't going to let me go home. I had a posse in here telling me we're staying." - Ron Gardenhire
- "We still have a lot of baseball left. We clinched tonight -- hats go off, we've had a lot of fun -- but the real season starts in [two] weeks." - Orlando Hudson
- "It says a lot about our organization. We're on a heck of a run here." - Ron Gardenhire
- "Considering we've been to Game 163 the last couple years, I think this might work out a little bit better for us." - Ron Gardenhire
Suck-Ass Performance of the Game: Jose Mijares (0.2 innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 earned runs). Granted he wasn't helped much with Hudson's misplay.
Game #147: Michael Cuddyer (0 for 4, 1 strikeout, 2 left on base)
Game #148: Orlando Hudson and Delmon Young (both 0 for 4, 1 strikeout, 5 left on base)
Game #149: Francisco Liriano (5.0 innings pitched, 7 hits, 1 walk, 1 home run, 5 earned runs, 1 loss)
Game #150: No one.