When Lauren and I started watching last night’s Twins game, it was 12-2 Twins in the 4th inning. Morneau had already hit 2 homers and driven in 7 runs. Kubel and Cuddyer had also homered. But on this night, Nick Blackburn and the Twins bullpen were at their absolute worst.
A couple hours later, Bobby Keppel gave up a game-tying grand slam to Matt Holliday, making it a 13-13 tie game.
And the next batter, Jack Cust, homered off Jose Mijares to make it a 14-13 Oakland lead. The Twins had officially blown their biggest lead ever, matching that September 28, 1984 debacle at Cleveland when they also blew a 10-run lead.
The Twins managed to fight back in the 9th inning and should have scored the tying run on a passed ball, but Michael Cuddyer was called out (see picture). I had already fallen asleep by this point, but when I woke up in the morning and saw the highlights I couldn’t believe my eyes.
So anyway, just another ho-hum 27-run, 39-hit, 8-home run, 3 hour 32 minute, 1-run loss.