Archive - May 3, 2006

Twins 6 Royals 1

Okay, it's just the Royals, but the Twins could have lost. Radke pitched well tonight, and the Twins acted like a good team.

The best part of the game was watching young Francisco Liriano make the Royals look absolutely foolish in relief of Radke in the eighth and ninth innings. The Twins coaches say Liriano has better stuff than Santana, and that's saying something. Santana was throwing 98 mph last night, as was Liriano tonight. But Liriano has a slider that just plain confuses batters.

Liriano is going to be a star.

Twins 5 Seattle 1

Notice I rarely write about the Twins when they lose. Tonight was a classic Santana win. Nine strikeouts. Seven innings. One run. Santana to Rincon to Nathan. Seems like two years ago.

This team's been asleep. Last night they were booting the ball all over the infield. This losing streak is clearly a psychological problem. In an attempt to fire up the team, Gardenhire got kicked out for kicking his hat, but that's old hat.

Tonight, they showed a little fire. If they put six wins together in a row, I'll start to believe they are snapping out of it.