Posted at 10:10 AM on September 24, 2008
by Steve Rudolph
It couldn't have gone much better for the local nine. Scott Baker delivered seven strong innings and the Twins forced Ozzie Guillen to go to his bullpen, a group who has struggled as much as the Twins pen has of late.
Another positive for the Twins was the performance of Jason Kubel and Delmon Young. On a night where the top of the order did nothing, Kubel and Young came through with six hits and five RBIs.
It was nearly a perfect start for the Twins and should restore a little swagger leading into tonight's rematch against their nemesis Mark Buehrle.
But what was Gardy thinking pitching Matt Guerrier in the ninth inning of a 9-1 game!? Can someone explain the logic of that move to me?
I took the use of Guerrier in a meaningless role as a positive, in that he'll stop using him in high leverage situations. Hopefully, Guerrier just won't be used in any close and late situations any more. Pitching him with an 8-run lead is just fine by me.
Zerg, you might be right. Gardy might be done using Guerrier in close and late situations (a move I would applaud) and is going to use Mijares in that role.