The Twins offense has been dormant for over a week now, and that has had a lot to do with the struggles of their two biggest hitters, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Last night, Mauer went 3-for-4 with a walk while Morneau drove in three runs as the Twins won 9-5 over the Tigers.
Matt Garza struggled a bit in his start. He had trouble throwing anything other than his fastball for strikes and as a result he walked four and allowed four earned runs on five hits over 4 and 2/3 innings. He also flashed some good stuff, striking out six hitters during that span, but overall it wasn't a particularly impressive outing. Fortunately, the bullpen was lights-out (except for Juan Rincon, who gave up a run on two hits and continues to struggle) and the Twins coasted to victory thanks to an offensive outburst against Detroit starter Wilfredo Ledezma.
It was nice to see Mauer pick up three hits, as it was his first multi-hit game since August 24. Suddenly, he's hitting .320/.469/.480 in September and his "slump" isn't looking so bad. Meanwhile, Morneau now has 118 RBI, placing him second in the AL behind David Ortiz.
Tonight will be a big test for Boof Bonser. He has pitched well as of late, but if he can push the team to victory against this tough Tigers squad he will give the Twins a good chance for a series win as Johan Santana pitches tomorrow afternoon.