Friday, August 6, 2010

Minnesota Twins Split with Tampa Bay Rays

The Catwalk at Tropicana FieldAfter dropping the first 2 games of the series, the Minnesota Twins salvaged a split with the one of the Major League's best team in the Tampa Bay Rays. Both victories were filled with drama and spectacular starts from their starting pitchers. On Wednesday night, Scott Baker pitched 8 scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins won 2-1 in 13 quick innings. The score was 1-0 heading into the 9th when Minnesota closer Matt Capps unfortunately blew a save (although there was a botched play that led to a leadoff double). However, the Twins recovered and were able to get a Delmon Young single to take the lead in the top of the 13th.

On Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins were cruising to a 6-0 lead going into the 8th inning after a wonderful start by Kevin Slowey. After a pinch hit Jason Bartlett (ex-Twin) grand slam to tie it 6-6 in the bottom of the 8th, the Twins could have easily just let one get away. However, again they battled back and got a little bit of luck to say the least. Jason Kubel hit the "catwalk" on top of the roof at Tropicana Field and allowed a routine popup to fall short of the pitcher's mound. This allowed the runner on 3rd to score. Michael Cuddyer followed up with a single and made it 8-6. Matt Capps came in for the save and closed the door. The Minnesota Twins will travel to the Cleveland Indians for a 3 game series.

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