Posted at 8:44 AM on June 15, 2007
by Chris Dall
The Twins 9th inning come-from-behind victory over the Braves last night got me thinking. It was June 13, 2006, when the Twins beat Boston 5-2 in 12 innings on a game-winning grand slam by Jason Kubel. The starting pitcher for the Twins in that game was Johan Santana, who gave up one run in 8 innings and struck out 13 but didn't get a decision. His opponent, Curt Schilling, was nearly his equal. The Twins went on to sweep the Sox, kickstarting the run that ended with the Twins winning the Central division.
Last night's victory concluded a sweep of a good Atlanta Braves team. Once again, Santana was on the losing end of a pitcher's duel. And just like that Boston game, the Twins pulled it out when all hope seemed lost. Oh, and if you want to read even more into this, the Atlanta Braves, you might recall, used to be the Boston Braves.
I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'. The symmetry is intriguing.