Talk about exciting finishes. The ever-faithful Joe Nathan completed his 18th save of the season in a 3-1 Twins’ victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He could have done it easier, without allowing the double to Colby Rasmus, but he did what he needed to by striking out both Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel.
Glen Perkins receives the most valuable performance award tonight. He was absolutely dominant through the first six innings. He only threw a total of 82 pitches through seven innings, but Gardy felt his night should end after seven innings. Guerrier came on for the eighth and started off by allowing two singles before striking out Trevor Green.
Jose Mijares then came on for what looked to be a stress-laden outing. One pitch later he was walking back to the dugout; he had just induced a ground ball-double play out of Skip Schumaker.
The Twins had to win this game. If Guerrier had given up a go-ahead home run during his appearance the ensuing emotional blow would have been huge and hurtful. The Twins dominated in every aspect of the game, and a great effort was put forth against a very good pitching opponent in Wainwright.
Offensively, Minnesota also dominated. Most of the Cardinal’s seven hits came later in the game and all potential scoring opportunities were denied (save one, in the seventh inning).
This 3-1 victory was fun to watch. I was joined in the live blog by TwinsFanInCA and had a great time. All aspects of the Twins were shooting on all cylinders and there were no glaring mistakes. Just a solid victory against a solid pitcher.
Tomorrow the Twins hand the ball to Kevin Slowey. First pitch at 12:10 p.m. central time.