Brandon Morrow slips
One out away from a win
That was a close one
That's my haiku for Tuesday's win. And what a win it was.
Nick Blackburn was hittable. Justin Morneau was hitless. Seattle's bullpen was mowing through the Twins lineup like...well, blades of grass. It wasn't looking good.
Then Carlos Gomez (yes, Carlos Gomez!) worked a walk. So did pinch hitter Jason Kubel. So did pinch hitter Brian Buscher! Down 5-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the bases were suddenly loaded and, suddenly, it wasn't quite over.
Seattle attempted to pull a Borg Collective, adapting by yanking Brandon Morrow for veteran Miguel Batista, but Batista lost the game in three pitches. Denard Span knocked a 0-1 count for a single to score one, and then Alexi Casilla, with an electrified crowd like a buzz, delivered on Batista's first offering. A line drive just to the right of center field plated two, and as Minnesota mobbed home plate...I got goosebumps.
I love these kind of wins.
Stars of the Game
#3: Carlos Gomez (1-for-3, 2 R, 3B, BB)
#2: Denard Span (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI)
#1: Alexi Casilla (1-for-5, 2 game-winning RBI)