How does Matt Garza lose with this line?
7 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 1 R, 3 K
I guess by facing Nate Robertson, whose line is as follows:
7IP, 3 Hits, 0 ER, 0 R, 5 K
Our young gun versus a guy whose arm had gone "tired" and was on the DL for 15 days or more. The team with the best road record against a club that has typically won the lion's share of its games in the cozy confines of the Dome. One team trying to get back to the World Series it lost a season ago; the other desperately hoping for a repeat of its valiant come-from-behind title, and then marching into the fall classic instead of falling short.
Over 31K watched last night's little gem, one whose loss I simply cannot lay on the shoulders of the Twins, any more than I can blame the Detroit Tigers for failing to put more than one fellow across the plate. This was a pitchers' duel, ladies 'n' gents, and a good one. It tells us that perhaps the Twins are not in need of an arm anymore. Would another bat have done the trick last night? Probably not, at least in this game. Our one great chance came in the bottom of the sixth, with two men on and one out. That failed because Mauer and Cuddyer flopped, each striking out and forcing Tigers pitcher Nate Robertson to have conniption fits of joy. But a big bat, say in the DH spot, might have uncorked a homer, or got something started. Then again, maybe not. Even Gary Sheffield was hamstrung last night.
Today's game is pivotal: if the Twins can't take a game against their rivals with the best pitcher in baseball, then I say the season's over.