Saturday, May 21, 2011

Late night: Diamondbacks 8, Twins 7

Luke Hughes touches the Harmon Killebrew jersey the
Twins plan to hang in their dugout the rest of the season.
Game story here.

Box score here.

A tough day for the Twins — the Harmon Killebrew funeral in the morning, and this loss at night.

Glen Perkins couldn't quite get the job done in relief of Brian Duensing, and the two-out, bases loaded double he gave up to Ryan Roberts in the seventh inning broke the game open. Even more, Kevin Slowey was ineffective in the eighth, which allowed Arizona to balloon the lead back up to four.

The Twins rallied repeatedly, but the configuration of the Arizona park — the center field wall is 25 feet tall — kept a Jason Kubel drive in the yard in the eighth. He didn't score after his triple.

And in the ninth inning, the Twins loaded the bases with one out and had Kubel and Justin Morneau up with the tying run at third, the go-ahead run at second and insurance at first. Joe Paterson, a lefty reliever who throws sidearm, fanned Kubel and got Morneau to ground out.

Paterson threw each at least one eminently hittable pitch, but got away with both, probably because of his delivery. On TV, Dick Bremer kept talking about how J.J. Putz, the D'backs closer, was apparently unavailable;  I daresay both Kubel and Morneau would rather have faced Putz, who has outstanding stuff with a conventional delivery, than the southpaw sidearmer.

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