Inside Pitch- Morneau Swinging A Hot Bat
Morneau hit homers in back-to-back games.
Morneau hit homers in back-to-back games.

Posted Apr 13, 2006


In this edition, Justin Morneau seems to have found his power stroke, Joe Nathan is starting to get some save opportunities, the Twins are finally winning one-run games, and so much more.

Eight games into the season, the Twins are still waiting for their first quality start.

But sometimes quantity can be just as valuable as quality.

For the second night in a row, Minnesota got seven innings out of its starting pitcher Wednesday. And for the second night in a row, the starter got the win.

This time it was right-hander Carlos Silva who limited the A's to eight hits but allowed five runs. A control artist, Silva didn't walk a batter, and he registered just one strikeout. Thanks to some strong run support -- six runs in the first five innings -- Silva evened his record at 1-1 with the 6-5 victory.

A night earlier, Brad Radke went seven innings and allowed four runs in Minnesota's 7-6 win.

REPLAY: Justin Morneau homered for the second consecutive game, and his three-run, third-inning blast off Oakland's Esteban Loaiza helped the Twins edge the A's 6-5.

Torii Hunter homered and scored three runs for the Twins, who have won back-to-back one-run decisions after a 1-5 start.

NOTES:

  • RHP Joe Nathan, who went through the season's first week without a save opportunity, posted his second save in as many nights. He pitched a perfect ninth inning Wednesday, striking out two, to secure a 6-5 win over Oakland.

  • CF Torii Hunter homered, doubled and scored three runs Wednesday. He went 2-for-2 against Oakland RHP Esteban Loaiza, improving his career average against the veteran to .477 (21-for-44).

  • OF Jason Kubel was back in right field Wednesday after OF Michael Cuddyer got the start in the home opener due to his edge in experience. Kubel went 1-for-2.

  • 1B Justin Morneau hit his fourth homer of the season Wednesday, giving him home runs in back-to-back games.

  • OF Lew Ford sat out Wednesday's game with a sore left hamstring.

  • RHP Carlos Silva continued the Twins' season-long trend by failing to post a quality start, but he still got the win with seven innings of five-run ball against the A's.

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