Johan Santana throws 8 innings and gives up only 1 ER. Ho hum. Justin Morneau, the Good Doctor, goes yard again and has 3 RBI. Ho hum. Twins win 7-2. Just another day at the office for the team that's won 10 of 11.
Let's start with Johan, who improved to 8-4 and lowered his AL leading ERA down to 2.75. He also struck out 6 batters, which raises his AL leading total there to 115. He lowered that AL leading WHIP down to 0.98. And with 8 wins, he's 2 behind "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers, or else he'd have the pitching Triple Crown right now. Cy Young? I think so.
But let's not forget Morneau, who's 2-run HR ended up being the game-winning hit, and Chicago never tied for took the lead for the rest of the ballgame. It was his 19th of the year, which puts him in the top 10 in the AL. He's now at 61 RBI, which puts him at a cool 7th in the MLB, and 2nd in the AL.
1. Albert Pujols - SL - 66
1. Ryan Howard - PHI - 66
3. Lance Berkman - HOU - 65
4. Andruw Jones - ATL - 64
4. David Ortiz - BOS - 64
6. David Wright - NYM - 63
7. Justin Morneau - MIN - 61
8. Jim Thome - CHW - 59
9. Carlos Lee - MIL - 58
9. Paul Konerko - CHIW - 58
That's not bad company right there.
Saturday's game features Boof going against the mich-maligned Mark Prior, who was less than impressive in his last start. Boof is currently 1-1 with a 5.81 ERA.