I'm not a pessimist, just a realist.
Anyway, here are a few things I noticed from this afternoon's game:
-Livan Hernandez is the unsung hero so far for the Twins. He won his second straight game, and he went a full seven innings in both of his starts. He set the table for the set-up man, Pat Neshek or Matty Guerrier, who in turn leave things for Joe Nathan to wrap up. Hernandez's ERA is 3.95, and he only has three total strikeouts, but he is getting the job done.
-Carlos Gomez didn't get a hit this afternoon, ending his string of five-straight games. He struck out three times, but played a good defensive game.
-The Twin's roughed up Gil Meche this afternoon. Giving up six runs on six hits, Gil knows that he struggled:
"The first three innings couldn't have been any better for me. Stuff-wise it was there. Then all of a sudden I just started making mistakes, falling behind, probably trying to do too much when I didn't have to."
-Francisco Liriano and his wife gave birth to a son, Kevin. I heard that Kevin weighed 9 pounds, seven ounces, but I'm not positive. He's not going to want to throw that one back.
-Justin Morneau had four RBI's this afternoon, and knocked a three run shot off of Gil Meche in the fourth inning. Morneau finished the day 2-4 with two runs. He knew that the hits would come, and despite his .150 batting average, he isn't worried:
"Ignore the average for now. The power numbers and all of that stuff won't go away. Average is going to go up and down all year, but at the end of the year it will be where it's supposed to be."
Manager Ron Gardenhire also wasn't worried:
"We've got a great hitter, a guy that's been an MVP, and he's going to hit. Just a matter of time."
-Matt Tolbert also had a great game that largely flew under the radar. He batted second because of the musical chairs that resulted from Cuddyer's injury, and had two hits in four at-bats. He had the key first hits in two innings, the fourth and sixth, that led to all the runs the Twin's had on Saturday: six.