One way or another, the Twins find a way to lose in Detroit. If it's not the pitching, it's the offense. Last night, it was the latter. Johan Santana predictably delivered another brilliant performance, striking out a season-high 12 while allowing only four hits and one walk over eight innings, but Vance Wilson hit a two-run homer against him in the eighth and that was all the Tigers would need as they picked up a 2-0 victory over the Twins.
Tigers' starter Justin Verlander was not exactly dominant -- he pitched eight innings and did not collect a strikeout. Still, he allowed only six hits and did not walk anyone, which was good enough to shut out the Twins.
Things are looking pretty grim right now for the Twins, who are on a four-game losing streak. The outlook probably won't improve today with Brad Radke facing Kenny Rogers. Still, there is at least some reason for optimism. We won't have to watch Carlos Silva or Kyle Lohse make a start in the near future, and instead we'll get a look at youngsters Francisco Liriano and Boof Bonser in starting roles.
I'll be heading to Milwaukee this weekend, and I will be attending the Twins/Brewers game at Miller Park on Friday night. Hopefully I will have Internet access and be able to post on the experience, but if not, have a good weekend everyone and I will be back Sunday.