Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A win is a win is a win

It wasn't the prettiest win of the year, but at the end of the day, all that matters is the result, especially when you're trailing 4-1 after 6 innings.

The Twins originally took the lead after a passed ball brought in the go-ahead run. Unfortunately, Joe Nathan blew his first save of the year in the 9th, giving up a solo HR to Preston Wilson, tying the game at 5. In the top of the 10th, however, it was Dr. Morneau hitting his 17th Quadrangle of the year (which has him on pace for some nice numbers) which gave the Twins the 6-5 lead. After that, Joe Nathan wasn't going to blow it twice, as he struck out the side in the 10th, getting him his 5th win of the year, and putting the Twins over .500, and have them looking like a whole new team.

The only negative here is that the Twins can't really catch a break in the standings, as Detroit and Chicago just keep on winning. On Tuesday, the Sox beat St. Louis 20-6 while Detroit beat Milwaukee 10-1. As of now, the Twins have won 8 in a row while the Sox have won 5 in a row and Detroit has won 6 in a row. They stand 11 games behind the Tigers and 9.5 games behind the White Sox.

Regardless, they just have to keep focusing on taking care of themselves, and eventually they can make up some ground. It's a marathon, not a sprint. For now, they just have to focus on Wednesday's game, which features Carlos Silva on the mound vs. Wandy Rodriguez.