August 2, 2002
Well, that sure was predictable (see below).
The powerhouse Royals' lineup that I ridiculed earlier managed to score just a single run against Rick Reed and the Twins' pen.
Ibanez hit a solo homer in the 2nd inning and that was pretty much it for KC, as they only managed to go 4-30 with 2 walks.
Rick Reed improved to 9-5, although he once again had a relatively short start (6 innings and only 80 pitches).
The Twins' relievers continued to do what they have done all season long, shutdown the opposition.
According to Twins' announcers Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven (who are a very good team in my opinion) this is the 49th time this season that the Twins' bullpen has not allowed a run in a game. That seems like a lot to me, especially considering how many innings the bullpen has had to pitch game after game. Anyone know which team leads the league in this category or where I would find such stats? Drop me an email.
Romero, Hawkins and Santana each got 2 outs and then handed it over to Eddie Guardado, who closed it out for his 33rd save of the year.
With the win, the Twins improved to 17-4 since the All-Star break.
Right now they are running on all cylinders:
Pre All-Star - .276/.338/.436
Post All-Star - .294/.368/.489
Pre All-Star - 4.38 ERA/1.36 WHIP
Post All-Star - 3.39 ERA/1.13 WHIP