Saturday, June 03, 2006

Twins win 2-1; Joe Nathan with his 7th save

After 7 innings of play, it looked like a repeat of Thursday night for the Twins. Solid pitching, no offense, and a Frank Thomas 2nd inning home run would be the deciding run. With one swing, Justin Morneau changed that, making it 2-1, which is how it ended.

Johan Cytana pitched 8 strong innings, giving up only 2 hits (including the solo HR to Thomas), and then Twins super-closer Joe Nathan pithced a perfect 9th for his 7th save.

Nathan started out the inning with a backwards K to pinch-hitter Dan Johnson, who didn't even swing in the AB. Then Mark Kotsay and Nick Swisher went down innocently, and the game was over. For the Twins, it moved them to 25-29 on the year. For Nathan, it was his 7th save, and lowered his ERA to 1.89.

AL Save Leaders
1. Jonathan Papelbon - 20
2. Todd Jones - 16
3. Bobby Jenks - 14
3. Chris Ray - 14
5. Fransisco Rodriguez - 13
6. BJ Ryan - 12
7. Mariano Rivera - 11
8. Tyler Walker - 9
8. Akinori Otsuka - 9
10. Bob Wickman - 8
10. Huston Street - 8
12. Joe Nathan - 7
12. Ambrioux Burgos - 7
12. JJ Putz - 7

Let's go Twins, keep getting Nathan the save opportunities!