Twins-Royals postgame thoughts

Posted on September 27th, 2008 – 7:35 PM
By La Velle

The race: The White Sox are down 7-1 as I write this, so it looks looks like the Twins blew another chance to increase their lead in the division.

I get the feeling there will be a game on Tuesday at The Cell.

Heartbreaking Royals: Kansas City is familiar with being the spoiler. The Royals went into Detroit in late September, 2006 and swept the Tigers, allowing the Twins to snatch the division title on the final day of the regular season.

Torii Hunter tried to send them champagne in appreciation, but the MLB fun police busted him.

But here are the Royals again, making it hard for the Twins to reach the postseason.

“They come in here. They are not in the playoff race,” Twins outfielder Denard Span said. “But they are playing hard.”

Five-n-Fly: Glen Perkins gave up one run over five innings on Saturday – but needed 85 pitches to do so.

“I wish I could have gone deeper and given my team a better chance,” he said.

At least he was O.K. after really struggling his past four starts. The Twins used Monday’s off-day to skip his turn in the rotation, which may have come at the right time.

“I think it was mainly giving my arm a chance to take a break,” Perkins said. “The way I felt today, I haven’t felt since August.”

I still think Perkins can be a good starter, but he has to figure out how to get through the batting order one more time. He’s got the stuff. And it’s head-scratching how there were times this year in which he’s had comfortable leads but lost them.

Soria the closer: Royals fans have given closer Joakim Soria a nickname that hasn’t caught on nationally: `The Mexicutioner.’

Soria normally has a super nasty breaking ball but didn’t have it on Saturday. Span said the last time he faced Soria, he threw something that was indescribable.

Span and Alexi Casilla opened the ninth with walks. I’m sitting in the pressbox thinking, `He doesn’t have it today.’ But Mauer hits into his 21st double play of the season (he entered the day 10th in the AL) and Morneau is in a mess at the plate.

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