Thursday, June 15, 2006

These Grand Slams can be contagious

We had a couple of grand slams from Cuddyer last week, then Jason Kubel hit the walkoff Grand Slam last night, and now it seems Justin Morneau wants to get in on the action. With the score at 4-1 in the 6th, Morneau's Grand Slam broke the game open. And the best part about it, as AG mentions, he hit it to the opposite field, which he seems to be doing a lot more of this year, and that's a big reason by he's on pace for 35 HR and 130 RBI. Just a thing of beauty to see him get ahold of one. As NBA Jam would say, he's on fire!

And another encouraging thing was that Brad Radke is finding his groove. I think most pitchers will take 6 innings and 1 run against that potent Red Sox offense, especially a guy that's been struggling this year. The game lowered his ERA to 5.83, which still isn't good, but he's finally put together a few good outings in a row. If he can get it going after Santana and Liriano, the Twins pitching could be back. Now let's just hope Carlos Silva can give up less than 5 HR in the series finale.

One negative about tonight was Torii Hunter doing what he does best - making a mental mistake at the plate. In the 3rd inning, Matt Clement managed to walk the bases full (with Mauer, Cuddyer, and Morneau). Then Hunter steps up to the plate. Everyone and their mother knows you take a strike in this situation. Instead, Torii goes up, swings on the first pitch, and promply GIDP. As Third Base Line writes on Bat-Girl, the new rule is that with runners on and less than 2 out, we need to pinch-hit for Hunter no matter the innings.

But let's focus on the positive. Like Jason Kubel hitting another HR. Or Jason Bartlett going 2/4 in his first game back. Or the Twins winning the series against Boston. After an 8-1 win, I guess I don't have to look far.

Now hopefully they can get the sweep!