Or..."Verlander, and Verlander Alone"
In the moments preceeding the fleeting seconds that the sphere raced through space, it wasn't the Twins who were getting to Tiger ace Justin Verlander. It was Verlander who's control was slipping, whose mind appeared to be the lowest common denominator between his actions and the results on the scoreboard. He had walked the bases full in the top of the fifth inning and, after missing his spots on all but one pitch, left one low over the outer half of the plate. Joe Mauer made contact, and seconds later crossed the plate to essentially put the game on ice.
There is chaos in everyday life. Everyday is different just as much as everyday is the same; there are patterns even in the most complicated of chaotic systems, including day-to-day life. While you can usually predict with a certain degree of accuracy on any particular day what will happen from hour-to-hour, something will always occur that is unexpected. At this point where chaos breaks down, where the drop of water is flung from the propeller, is where Joe Mauer blasted the Twins to a six-run lead.
Justin Verlander, in spite of not being on his game, had been keeping an admittedly timid Minnesota offense in check. He'd found himself in some trouble in the first inning, but was able to keep the drop of water on the twirling blade of steel. In the fifth inning, the prop seemed to pick up speed, and after walking three of the first four batters Verlander couldn't keep the drop of water on the blade any longer. Joe Mauer hit a line-drive opposite-field grand slam, made all the more spectacular because it was done in Detroit, and Verlander's game was lost to chaos.
It was a spectacular way to begin what should be a difficult and very telling road trip for the Twins. While it wasn't the pitch-for-pitch battle that could have been expected between Santana and Verlander, it turned out well for Minnesota, and on any given day the results could have gone the other way. Friday night the Twins earned a victory off of one of baseball's best pitchers and best teams. Hopefully, it's a sign of things to come.