Yes. We really needed that. It looked like the Twins had let yet another lead slip away with an incompetent bullpen giving away five runs in the 7th, and the Angels were up 9-3. The Twins could only muster a solitary run in the bottom of the 7th, so it was 9-4 going into the 8th.
Some good Twins hitting and poor Angels pitching saw that lead cut to 9-7. Brendan Harris strikes out and there’s two gone, but the Angels walk Morneau to load the bases. Up steps Jason Kubel and cracks one to the upper tier! As if the grand slam wasn’t enough of a cause for celebration, Kubes had hit for the cycle, and the Twins went into the 9th with an 11-9 lead. Within a handful of pitches, Joe Nathan had saved the game in the 9th.
Another exciting night at the Metrodome, and maybe this will be the one that will see the Twins overturn their rocky start to the 2009 season!
Putting things in perspective however, it’s been a tougher start to the season for the Angels, what with the untimely death of Nick Adenhart, and the (admittedly less significant) news that Vladimir Guerrero will be out for a few weeks with a torn muscle in his chest.