Today I was the beneficiary of some scheduling serendipity. The Twins game didn't start until 7:10 tonight which left me the afternoon free to take in the home finale for the Golden Gophers. Under overcast skies and with a strong breeze blowing from left to right, the Gophers took advantage of several errors by the Ohio State Buckeyes to earn a split of the 4-game weekend series.
Then came the highlight of the weekend - The Tigers vs. Twins game on Sunday Night Baseball. The Twins were looking to avoid being swept at home by the division leading Tigers and the bats exploded. Torii Hunter had 2 home runs and a career high 7 RBIs (a nice performance on national television for free agent to be Hunter), Michael Cuddyer broke out of his slump, going 3 for 6 with a homer and 4 RBIs, and even Mike Redmond hit a home run. Boof Bonser finally got a win in his 8th start, following 6 no decisions. Boof went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs, and struck out 6. Matt Guerrier, Pat Neshak, and Joe Nathan closed the door on the Tigers and sent the fans home happy in a marathon 3 hours 24 minutes.
The only bad part about this evening was that ESPN decided to leave Peter Gammons at home tonight.
Hopefully, the Twins bats stay hot when the start a series in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Twins 16, Tigers 4 (18-19, 5.5 GB in AL Central)
Brewers 1, Mets 9 (25-12, 7 games up NL Central)
Reds 5, Dodgers 10 (15-23, 10.5 GB NL Central)