Posted at 9:52 PM on August 22, 2006
by Josh Lee
The rookie pitcher had a strong outing tonight, retiring 20 batters in a row and striking out seven while walking none. And then there was the rookie outfielder, who hit three home runs off of too-tentative pitching by the opposing starter. This is a team that looks like it might some bright spots in its future. Unfortunately, this team is the Orioles, who beat the Twins 6-3 tonight behind Adam Loewen's fine pitching and Nick Markakis's hard hitting. And here I thought the Twins were the only club around with a bunch of charmed, overachieving rookies around to help them out.
Carlos Silva, meanwhile, continues to be the question mark of Minnesota's rotation. One start, he's in control, keeping his sinker down, getting out of jams; the next start, he's giving up six home runs to a non-contending team. With Liriano's return still weeks away, though, Silva may be the key to the Twins' postseason chances. If he gets back on track, the Twins have three strong starters to hold opposing teams down while the offense goes to work. If he doesn't, then they're completely dependent on Santana and on Radke's duct-taped shoulder to carry the team for the next month, which is a much dicier situation.
Of course, we can always hope that the Soxes keep getting pummelled by division leaders the way they have been, and that Minnesota gets the Wild Card handed to it on a platter. Wouldn't that be nice?