That was quite the ninth inning Sunday. A few thoughts after the Twins took three of four from the White Sox:
* The immediate Chisox fan reaction, as seen through comments on the Chicago Tribune gamer, suggested that this was the first time a third-place team has mathematically eliminated the first place team in mid July.
The flip side of that overreaction can be seen on this side of the rivalry, in such pieces as this.
Tom Kelly was big on this one: Momentum is tomorrow's starting pitcher. Which is akin to denying that there's any such beast.
* I'm pretty certain that the starting pitcher on one of these tomorrows is going to be Brian Duensing. I don't know who he's going to replace in the rotation, however. If Scott Baker's elbow barks today, it might have to be him. Neither Nick Blackburn or Kevin Slowey is a sure bet to stick either.
* Duensing's four innings Sunday included seven hits and a walk, which is a lot of baserunners allowed. Only one of them scored. He did induce two double plays, and Jason Kubel gunned down Paul Konerko trying for an extra base; those plays took three of the eight baserunners out of play.
* The single biggest key to that ninth-inning rally was right at the start, when Orlando Hudson worked Bobby Jenks for a 10-pitch walk. Things just snowballed from there.
* How many of us were dismayed when Jason Repko, rather than Jim Thome, had to hit in the ninth? That worked out pretty well.
Still, I was skeptical of the decision to pinch-run for Thome in the eighth inning down three runs. Odds were that if the Twins were to get back into the game, that spot in the lineup was going to come up. Had he represented the tying or go-ahead run, sure, pinch run. Down three, I don't see the logic.