Posted at 9:01 PM on July 30, 2006
by Josh Lee
How hot was it today? Hot enough to make a body think that indoor baseball isn't such a bad idea after all. Actually, it was hot enough to make a body think that the long journey from Uptown to the Metrodome would be too much to handle, and that said body would be better off following the game from home.
I'm sure the air conditioning in the Dome was fully functional, but it seemed like the heat was seeping through the marshmallow roof and into the players' minds. Johan Santana labored, giving up three runs on nine hits. Minnesota's batters didn't fare much better against Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman; the Tiger pitcher tired 17 in a row at one point -- one interminable, six-inning long point.
But as it turns out, the heat was just a side effect of the baseball gods smiling down on the Twins. Or maybe it was a burning glare upon the Tigers. Either way, the bottom of the 8th inning was a deeply weird affair, the kind that keeps scorers busy. Two errors, a flurry of hits, and a balk all contributed to a monkeyless Twins rally that allowed them to salvage the series against the division leaders with a 6-4 win.
After sweeping the White Sox and muscling their way back into the playoff picture, a sweep at the hands of the Tigers might have put the brakes on the run that Minnesota's been on. But a game like this shows that even when they seem outmatched, the Twins can hang on and wait for dumb luck and the sun to play their parts.