Wow. What a comeback! You knew a game that pitted Johan Santana against Tim Hudson was going to get exciting, but going into the bottom of the ninth on the wrong side of a 2-0 shutout and winning with a smattering of seeing-eye hits and some timely help from the opposition's fielding isn't, perhaps, quite what we were expecting. But it was wonderful.
Last night's game is exactly why one should never leave before the last out. At least, not without a better reason than "they won't win this one". To all those folks who sighed, shook their heads, and trudged out in the eighth, TBL would just like to say: Ha! You missed it! Neener!
And now, a few things you might not know:
- The Twins were 0-27 when trailing after 8 innings, before last night.
- Before Luis Castillo hit the liner down the third base line that started the rally, he told Torii Hunter that he was going to make the Braves pay for playing him off the line.
- The Twins have given Johan Santana run support to the tune of 3 runs or fewer in 10 of his 14 starts this season. He is reportedly getting frustrated with this state of affairs. (Gee, you think?)
- Since April 21st, Pat Neshek has pitched 25 innings and given up one run.
Probables - Milwaukee @ Minnesota
Claudio Vargas, RHP (4-1, 3.94) vs. Scott Baker, RHP (1-1, 6.45)
Notes: Vargas was knocked out after four innings when he faced the Twins in May, while Baker is trying to cement his shaky position in the Twins rotation.
Dave Bush, RHP (3-6, 5.70) vs. Boof Bonser, RHP (5-2, 4.21)
Notes: Bush hasn't recorded a win since early May and has never in his career won against the Twins. Bonser will be looking to build on a decent start last week against the Nationals, as well as to extend his time on the mound. He has finished the sixth inning in only five of his thirteen starts.
Jeff Suppan, RHP (7-7, 4.04) vs. Kevin Slowey, RHP (2-0, 3.71)
Notes: Suppan can't seem to buy a win lately, whether he pitches well or not. Slowey was very good in his last start and will be facing the Brewers for the first time.