Same deal, different day. No Torii, No difference. David Wells, just as he has his whole career, dominated the Twins, though not quite in 98' fashion. The Twins offense managed seven hits and two runs, with their run production coming from Mike Redmond and Juan Castro, the 8 and 9 hitters. Lew Ford, Torii's replacement, was useless in the three-spot, going 0 for 4 and Matthew LeCroy, for some ungodly reason, was batting cleanup. Fatty was his usual irreverent-self, going 0 for 3 with a K.
Kyle Lohse had a decent start, going only five innings while giving up three runs but his really problem was control, as he walked four batters. His replacement, Terry Mulholland, did what he always does against good offenses: gave some late batting practice, as he served up three quick hits before Matt Guerrier came in to try and stop the bleeding to no avail. In the same vein, its kind of apparent that no one on the Twins staff is hearing my loud complaints about Mulholland's presence. Apparently, they have a thing for aging players far beyond their prime, like Mulholland and Boone.
Its seems that relief won't come anytime soon as the trading deadline approaches and J.C. "no control" Romero remains in the Twins clubhouse. Lets hope tommorow brings at least some interesting news in the Twins world beyond the mundane reports of their lackluster play.