Simulation Madness

The Twins have made their way into the quarter-finals of the Simulation Madness tournament.  They just knocked off the Blue Jays 4 games to 2.  Here is the recap.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Minnesota Twins

Game 1: Roy Halladay vs Johan Santana
The Blue Jays lead 4-0 after 2 1/2 innings but the Twins rallied to take a
5-4 lead after five innings.  The Blue Jays tied the game up in the 6th, sending
Johan Santana to the showers after making 110 pitches and striking out 8 batters.
The Twins sealed the deal with three runs in the bottom of the 7th, the big blow
coming on a 2-run homer from catcher Joe Mauer.  Joe Nathan and Jesse Crain struggled
to close out the game as the Blue Jays pulled to within one run in the 9th.  Pat Neshek
came in with 2 outs and the tying run on second base and struck out Vernon Wells to end
the game.  Twins won 8-7.
HRs: Hunter(1), Mauer(1), Thomas(1)
Minnesota leads 1-0

Game 2: A.J. Burnett vs Carlos Silva
Cruising along with a 6-2 in the 8th inning, Burnett ran into trouble allowing a 2-run
home run to Jason Kubel.  The Twins ended up tying the game with a four run 8th inning.
Nick Punto doubled home Luis Castillo with two outs in the 9th inning and the Twins
won another one run game 7-6.  Jesse Crain was marvelous in relief and picked up the win.
HRs: Thomas(2), Zaun(1), Kubel(1)
Minnesota leads 2-0

Game 3: Boof Bonsor vs Gustavo Chacin
The Blue Jays jumped out to an early 4-0 first inning lead behind a Troy Glaus 3-run
home run.  The Twins struck for three in the top of the 6th inning on one of Michael
Cudduyers two home runs.  The Twins chased Chacin in the 7th with three more runs but
Troy Glaus was far from finished as he hit a solo home run in the 7th to draw the Jays
to within 6-5.  Frank Thomas evened the game up in the bottom of the 8th with a solo
home run, his third of the series.  The game went into extra innings tied at six, when
none other than Troy Glaus won the game with a no-out walk off HR, his third of the game.
B.J. Ryan picked up the win with one perfect inning of relief.
HRs: Thomas(3), Glaus(1,2,3), Cudduyer(1,2), Hunter(1), Bartlett(1)
Minnesota leads 2-1

Game 4: Matt Garza vs Shaun Marcum
Shaun Marcum took a 5 hit shutout into the 9th inning leading 2-0.  He gave up a two run
home run to Justin Morneau and then was left in the game and gave up a solo home run to
Jason Kubel as the Twins took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 9th.  Vernon Wells hit a
leadoff double off of Twins closer Joe Nathan in the bottom of the 9th but was stranded on
third base and the Twins won in shocking fashion 3-2 in yet another one run game.
HRs: Thomas(4), Kubel(2), Morneau(1)
Minnesota leads 3-1

Game 5: Scott Baker vs Tomo Ohka
With their backs against the wall the Blue Jays gave the ball to rotator cuff castaway
Tomo Ohka.  The Jays gave him plenty of early support with four runs in the first inning,
three off the bat of Vernon Wells and a solo HR from Thomas.  Ohka had a 6-0 lead heading into
the 7th inning.  In the top of the 7th Cudduyer got the Twins on the board with a solo HR and
Jay killer Jason Kubel doubled home two more runs pulling the Twins to within 6-3 and bringing
Brandon League into the game.  League killed the rally and the Blue Jays tacked on three
insurance runs in the 8th and went on to win 9-4 with Ohka getting a much deserved win.
HRs: Thomas(5), Cudduyer(3), Wells(1)
Minnesota leads 3-2

Game 6: Roy Halladay vs Johan Santana
A scoreless game headed into the bottom of the 6th inning, the Twins drew first blood on a solo
home run by infielder Nick Punto.  The Twins added two more in the 7th when Morneau singled, Hunter
doubled and Rondell White singled them both home.  Santana pitched brilliantly into the 8th inning,
but after throwing 146 pitches and allowing the Blue Jays first run he was pulled from the game.  The
Blue Jays scored another run, pulling to within 3-2 in the 9th inning but closer Joe Nathan came in with
one out and the tying run on 2nd base and retired the next two batters to end the game and the Blue Jays
title hopes.
HRs: Punto(1)
Minnesota wins 4-2

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