... for Joe Mauer.
3-2 ballgame, facing one of the toughest lefties in baseball, having never hit a HR off of a lefty in his career... well, how about a 3-run bomb to dead center field? I suppose that'll work.
And that was the ballgame, as it gave the Twins the 6-2 lead and with the Twins bullpen, effectively took the Sox out of the game. Also hitting HR fro the Twins in the 6th inning were Michael Cuddyer with a 2-run blast followed by a Justin Morneau solo HR, giving the Twins a lead they wouldn't relinquish. It's nice to actually see some power from the 3-4-5 hitters of the Minnesota Twins. That's something we haven't been able to say for a while.
Pitching-wise, Brad Radke continued to pitch great amid the news that he will retire at the end of the year. He gave up 2 solo HR, but otherwise he pitced 6 solid innings, and comes away with his 9th victory. He's now at 9-7, and the ERA continues to go down, now at 4.74.
The Twins are now just 2 (two) games out of the Wildcard... who'd have thought that midway through May? Johan Cytana will take the mound against the suddenly beatable Jose Contreras. Don't miss it!